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Vatican on Unholy Misprint: “Everybody Makes Mistakes”

February 19, 2014

In October, the Vatican announced that it had recalled a batch of 6,000 coins commemorating Pope Francis’ first year in the papacy because the lettering bore an L where it should have had a J—in Jesus. In an unusual admission of fallibility, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told the New York Times, “Everybody makes mistakes.” He specified, “Even people who make coins,” but acknowledged later in the interview that the Vatican was responsible for the mold used to mint the coins.