- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pope Francis gave yet more show of his regular guy persona during a recent blessing he issued from the Vatican — during which he dropped the f-bomb by accident.

“If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this [expletive] — ” and then he paused for a second, the New York Post reported. He picked back up: “In this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity.”

The pope was speaking in Italian and he mixed up the word for “example,” which is “caso,” for the similarly sounding word for the expletive.

The pope’s mix-up went viral on YouTube.

His supporters quickly pointed out that the error is actually quite common for those who speak native Spanish but try to use Italian, the New York Post said.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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