John Travolta, who mangled Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscars, wasn’t the only person tripping over his tongue on Sunday. Pope Francis accidentally dropped the F-bomb during his weekly blessing in Rome.
While delivering a speech in Italian from a window at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the Spanish-speaking pope mispronounced the Italian word “caso.”
Instead, he said “cazzo,” which apparently can mean the f-word, the s-word or a couple of other things we can’t print here.
The English translation of what he accidentally said: "If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this f*** ... in this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity.”
He knew immediately that he’d made a mistake and quickly corrected it, causing one commenter on the YouTube clip to note: “Haha, he didn’t even flinch. Like a boss.”
But oh, it was heard. The incident went viral among Italian media and on Twitter.
“The crowd gathered in St Peter's Square and those watching around the world asked themselves ‘Did he just say f***?’” wrote England’s The Daily Mail.
Most people are cutting the 77-year-old native of Argentina a lot of slack. One Italian magazine equated it to slipping on a banana peel.
“It's a simple mistake made by a foreigner reading Italian, nothing more,” one commenter wrote online.