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Pope Benedict XVI became the first Pope to resign from the Papacy since 1415. The pope announced that he would be resigning at the end of February 2013. This announcement was made in Latin. This is notable because the only official language of the Vatican is Italian and Pope Benedict XVI’s native language [...]
When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy in February 2013, he cast a spotlight on the Latin language. It was reported that a number of Cardinals who had gathered for the announcement were left scratching their heads after the announcement had been made as they did not understand what the [...]
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Latin was spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. Through the Roman conquest, Latin spread throughout the Mediterranean and a large part of Europe. Languages such as French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, and Portuguese are descended from Latin. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Latin survived as the lingua franca of educated classes in the West, and this survival was reinforced by the adoption of Latin by the Catholic Church. Today classical Latin is still taught in many primary, grammar, and secondary schools, often combined with Greek in the study of Classics.
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