Pope Francis accidentally dropped the F-bomb in Italian during his weekly address from the Vatican on Sunday. He immediately corrected himself but a video of the 'profane' slip-up went viral on YouTube soon after the speech.
The Pope accidentally said 'cazzo' (an Italian profanity translatable to f**k and d**k in English) while he meant to say 'caso' (which means case or, loosely, example in Italian).
The 77-year-old Argentine Pope's gaffe was attributed by many on social media to the phonetic similarity between the two Italian words. "Understandable, I hear Italians mixing it up all the time as well," a reader posted on British news outfit Dailymail, where the story first appeared.
"The Holy Gaffe," a user named @EricJLyman tweeted after the YouTube video began being aggressively shared on most social media platforms.
Pope Francis used his traditional appearance in St Peter's Square to urge world leaders to promote dialogue as a way of resolving the crisis in Ukraine.
Excerpts of the addressed were translated to: "For this, Jesus many times chastised the rich because the risk for them to seek security in the wealth of this world is high… In this f*** (he meant to say example), in this case (corrects himself), the providence of God is made visible as gesture of solidarity."
"Did he actually just say that," an astonished user posted on Twitter with the YouTube video link of the Pope's Sunday address.