The Pope is today said to be 'in hiding' in the Vatican after a humiliating typing error made him the laughing stock of the world's media.
The spelling mistake that caused all the hilarity was found in an 'Open Letter to the Faithful' intended to be an apology for the actions of paedophile priests.
The offending section read:
The actions of that small number of priests who have perverted and defiled the good name of the church have hurt not only the church but have also touched and hurt me in the most personal of ways. They have turned my 'Anus Mirabilis' into an 'Anus Horribilis'.
The wording of the letter was a reference to a speech made by Queen Elizabeth II of England on 24 November, 1992, marking the 40th anniversary of her Accession, in which she described the closing year as an "annus horribilis".
"Annus horribilis means horrible year in Latin but anus horribilis means something altogether different." explained a local reporter we found doubled-over laughing in St Peter's Square.
"I'm sorry. I just can't help myself" he continued, "The thought of the Pope's miraculous anus being turned into a horrible one by paedophile priests is just too much for me."
The Vatican has yet to comment on the clerical error.