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3/4/2014 (1 year ago)

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Recitation of word was mistake - not an attempt to further endear him to public

The most proper and circumspect individual has been known to utter foul language the moment he or she accidentally stubs their toe. Was that what explains the use of an Italian word by Pope Francis recently? Probably not. He inadvertently used an Italian phrase that is -- "open to interpretation." Officials say that this was done in error, and was not some effort to further attempt to humanize his position.

The slip-up was quickly published on YouTube and has garnered thousands of hits. YouTube users had some sympathy for the unfortunate pope.

The slip-up was quickly published on YouTube and has garnered thousands of hits. YouTube users had some sympathy for the unfortunate pope.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/4/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Pope Francis, obscenity, forgive, vulgarity, Italian


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - During a papal address to thousands in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis stumbled over the Italian word for "example" - "caso."

The word, however, that slipped out was "cazzo" -- which is either slang for the sexual act or refers to the male genitalia, depending on the interpretation.

The 77-year-old Argentinean pontiff's mistake came at a moment of utmost sincerity as he appealed to the international community to seek a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis.

The incident was not an attempt by the man dubbed the "People's Pope" to draw rapport with ordinary Italians. However, it was picked up by the International press and became the cause of a lot of speculation, one more example of the amazing popularity of the Pope.

The mistake will not cause any lasting harm.

Renowned for the common touch he has brought to his papacy, Pope Francis was named ime magazine's man of the year. The fearless and humble leader of 1.2 billion Catholics across the world is affirmed as the Vicar or representative of Jesus Christ and successor of Peter.

However, he has also quickly become a beloved public figure throughout the world, stressing honesty, simplicity and frugality - with a special outreach to the world's poor.

The slip-up was quickly published on YouTube and garnered thousands of hits. YouTube users had some sympathy for the unfortunate pope.

"Okay come on! He is a man too!" Another user commented, "This is a pope who is outspoken." "He wanted to say, 'in this case' - it's a simple mistake made by a foreigner reading Italian, nothing more," another wrote.

It's emerging as a shining example of the phrase, "To err is human - to forgive, Divine."

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