Vatican Web site gets Pope Francis’ name wrong, twice

Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Bergoglio, is off to an inauspicious start, as a Web site run by the Vatican got the new pope’s name wrong, twice. (Actually, four times, since they did it on the home page, and an internal page.) is a Web site run by the Pontifical Council for  Social Communications, a department of the Roman Curia, which, per Wikipedia, “is the administrative apparatus of the Holy See and the central governing body of the entire Catholic Church, together with the Pope.”

Sadly, no one informed the Vatican Web folks that Bergoglio is spelled with two Gs (it’s an Italian name, so it’s odd that they got it wrong), and Francis has an “n.”

Petty? Sure. But the man said that gay marriages were created by the devil himself, so I’m thinking we’ve got a little leeway here for pushback. Enjoy :)


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