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Catholic pope lets slip F-word during weekly address

Pope Francis delivers his speeches to faithfuls from the window of his apartment during his Sunday Angelus prayer in St. Peter's square at the Vatican on March 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

BEIRUT: Mispronouncing words has been the cause of many an awkward moment. Pope Francis had his last week when he accidentally uttered the F-word during an address to throngs of the faithful.

Pope Francis’ vulgar slip – mispronouncing the Italian word “caso” (example) for “cazzo” (F**k) – came during his weekly address to thousands of people in St Peter's Square Sunday.

The pope’s slip of the tongue, which he corrected immediately, came during a part of his message on earthly possessions.

"A heart full of longing for possession is a heart empty of God. For this, Jesus many times chastised the rich because the risk for them to seek security in the wealth of this world is high," he said.

"In this f**k ... in this case the providence of God is made visible as gesture of solidarity," the Argentinean added, speaking in Italian.

Footage of the pope’s gaffe was quickly circulated on social media, including the popular video-sharing site YouTube.

 

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