Pope Francis made a rare error in Italian while delivering the Sunday blessing at St. Peter’s Square. According to Italian newspaper The Local, the Argentinian-born pontiff accidentally muddled the word “caso” (“case”) with “cazzo” (“fuck” or “dick,” depending on the context).
“If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this [f-ck],” the pope said before pausing, clearly flustered. He corrected the error and continued his remarks. “In this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity.” Moving on, Pope Francis appealed to the international community to seek a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
The clip of the gaffe has gone viral in Italy, but most of the commentators appear sympathetic to the error. “He wanted to say, ‘in this case’ - it’s a simple mistake made by a foreigner reading Italian, nothing more,” one viewer wrote. “OK, come on! He is a man too!” wrote another.