Pope Francis accidentally dropped the F-bomb during his weekly address from a window of his apartment in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.
Speaking in Italian, the pope yesterday momentarily confused the word “caso” which means case, instance, or example for “cazzo” which apparently is the equivalent of the F-word. See embed below.
Said Pope Francis according to the translation: “… If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this f*** [pause], in this case, the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity.”
The pontiff was only momentarily thrown off and then continued to deliver the prayer which advocated for a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis. “He quickly corrected himself and moved on without missing a beat, but naturally it was captured on video for posterity.”
Pope Francis, 77, who enjoys massive popularity around the world, hails from Argentina, and therefore Italian is not his first language. “On the internet, the slip-up generated hundreds of comments with many explaining that it was a common mistake made by Spanish speakers and others said it underlined their impression of him as a ‘man of the people.’ “
Elected pope in March 2013, Francis was named Person of the Year by Time Magazine in December. The author of a book about his life has revealed that a medication-distributing nun saved the future pope’s life when he was hospitalized in Buenos Aires for a lung illness as a young man. The pontiff has also admitted that he worked as a nightclub bouncer before he became a Catholic priest.
Pope Francis has won worldwide acclaim for among other things his acts of compassion, his open-mindedness and outreach efforts, and for his modest personal lifestyle.
[top image credit: Tânia Rêgo/ABr]