A spelling mistake

The Vatican issued  6,000 medals to celebrate Pope Francis’ first year as the Pope. These coins went up for sale on October 8, and were pulled back two days later. There was a spelling mistake on the coins. The coins had a Latin phrase carved along the edge with the word “Jesus”. However, “Jesus” was spelt with a “L” instead of a “J”.

The religion Christianity has various groups, and many of these groups have their own churches. Catholicism (also known as Roman Catholicism) is the largest Christian group with over a billion people, and they belong to the Catholic Church. The pope is the head of the Catholic Church, and lives in the Vatican City.  In March this year, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a 76-year old Cardinal from Argentina, was selected as the new pope, and he chose to be called Pope Francis.

One of the beliefs of the Catholics is that Jesus Christ had chosen one of his followers, Peter, as the leader of the church. The pope is the successor of  Saint Peter, with Saint Peter being the first pope. Pope Francis is the 266th pope.

The Pope chose the name “Francis” after the famous Italian preacher St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis was born into a wealthy family in the late 1100s. Around the age of 20, he left his life of comfort and devoted himself to the poor. He was also known for his love for animals and peace. St. Francis died in 1226 when he was around 40 years old.

Before he became pope, Pope Francis lived a very simple lifestyle in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. He lived in a small home and cooked many of his own meals. He took the bus to get around. Pope Francis had studied in the field of chemistry before he became a priest.

This is not the first time that coins were issued with a spelling mistake. In 2008, 50-peso coins in the country Chile were issued with a typo. The country’s name was spelled as “Chiie”. Nobody noticed the mistake till over a year later. Chile’s currency is the peso.

Did you know?

Vatican City is considered to be the world’s smallest independent state. It is surrounded by a single country, Italy, on all sides.

Did you know?

The famous city of San Francisco in the United States is named after St. Francis of Assisi. The city got the name in the 1840s, and was previously called Yerba Buena.

Image Credits: casarosada.gob.ar and Casa Rosada for Pope Francis’ image, Italian State Mint and BBC for Pope Francis’ medal, http://www.ebay.com for Chile’s coin image

Sources: http://www.news.va/en/news/, BBC