Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/4/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

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.

Highlights

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."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Europe

Putin's super soldier program? Russian military to equip army with mind controlled exoskeletons Watch

Image of Russia's recent announcement to equip its military with this technology by 2020 may alter the face of modern warfare.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It seems that Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving his army of aggression a new toy to play with, at least if recent claims by Russian media are to be believed. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Straight out of a science fiction book, Russia's state run ... continue reading


Pope's 'who am I to judge' put to test with appointment of French gay ambassador to Vatican Watch

Image of France nominated Laurent Stefanini earlier this year. The Vatican has yet to accept the appointment. Stefanini, a Catholic who worked for years in the French Embassy at the Vatican, is openly gay.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Of being gay, Pope Francis exclaimed, "Who am I to judge?" Vatican-watchers say that is now being put to the test with the first openly gay ambassador to the Vatican, Laurent Stefanini from France awaiting approval. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - France ... continue reading


Terrorist attack plans AGAINST THE VATICAN unveiled during police raids in Italy Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An al-Qaeda-linked terror cell, who once had direct contact with Osama bin Laden and planned an attack on the Vatican, has been uncovered and broken up during raids by the Italian police this week. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The group in question is believed ... continue reading


North African immigrants flooding Italy - as many as 200,000 could be there in a year Watch

Image of Arrivals of migrants usually spike in the spring and summer months due to more inclement weather in the Mediterranean.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Italy has become a gateway for many African and Middle Easterners fleeing their war-torn lands for peace and prosperity. It is estimated that as many as 5,000 migrants a week arrive in Italy by sea from North African ports. This is leading to a crisis, with ... continue reading


Pope urges Christians and Jews to UNITE to defeat persecution in Europe Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Meeting with a 30-member delegation of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pope Francis said that European Christians and Jews must stand together to defend one another from discrimination and persecution around the world. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ... continue reading


Money running out, Greek government orders raid on government coffers Watch

Image of Hopes of securing a deal by the end of the month have faded, following a fraught week in which debt drama moved temporarily to Washington for the IMF's spring conference.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Greek government has ordered a mandatory transfer of cash reserves from state-owned enterprises to the central bank. The action is a frantic bid to gather enough cash to remain solvent. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Citing "extremely urgent and ... continue reading


HISTORIC MEETING: Pope Francis meets with rabbis to decry growing anti-Semitism in Europe Watch

Image of In the face of rampant secularism in Europe and other parts of the world, Pope Francis suggested that Jews and Christians have a co-responsibility to keep faith in God alive.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis met in the Vatican with a delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis, the first time a pope has ever met with the Conference. Foremost in the meeting were the troubling "anti-Semitic trends in Europe." The Pope called it a cause for worry, ... continue reading


Muslim migrants threw Nigerian and Ghana Christians overboard, police say Watch

Image of More than 10,000 people have arrived on Italian shores from Libya since last weekend alone.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Muslims among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat killed 12 fellow passengers by throwing them overboard because they were Christians, Italian police say. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At least 15 people have been arrested on suspicion of ... continue reading


Rare phenomenon 'worm rainfall' observed in Norway, scientists still baffled Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Thousands of earthworms were observed falling from the sky across the southern part of Norway, which still baffles the scientists. The rare phenomenon was sighted by a Biology teacher Karstein Erstad, as he was skiing in the mountains near Bergen last weekend. ... continue reading


Pope Francis is part of 'evil front' against Turkey, prime minister declares Watch

Image of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused Pope Francis of being part of an

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused Pope Francis of being part of an "evil front" plotting against his country. The Pope used the term "genocide" in describing the massacre of one million Armenians during the Ottoman Empire in 1915. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


All Europe News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 14:5-18
5 but eventually with the connivance of the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16
1 Not to us, Yahweh, not to us, but to your name give ... Read More

Gospel, John 14:21-26
21 Whoever holds to my commandments and keeps them is ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 4th, 2015 Image

St. Florian
May 4: The St. Florian commemorated in the Roman Martyrology on May ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter