Pope Francis Accidentally Swears in Public!

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Uh oh!

Pope Francis shocked the audience at his weekly blessing at the Vatican on Sunday when he accidentally swore in a public speech, BBC News reports. 

Speaking in Italian, the pope used the word 'cazzo', which is equivalent to the word 'fuck' in English. He meant to say 'caso', which means 'case.' The slip-up has inspired a series of viral videos and rash of comments, despite Pope Francis' immediate correction. 

According to NPR, the mistake is common for non-native Italian speakers. Pope Francis is originally from Argentina and his first language is Spanish. 

The Italian press says the blunder is unlikely to affect the Pope's image. As it is, he already has a bit of a bad boy persona.

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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