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The latest reports from the Vatican have announced the establishment of a Pontifical Academy for Latin, designed to encourage and spread the learning of Latin around the world. Latin has long been looked at as a ‘dead language’ with no practical, everyday use, and as a result it’s teaching in schools has fallen out of favour. The latest initiative from the Pope attempts to highlight the advantages learning Latin can still have for students. The Pope’s [...]
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 is German. In addition, most Catholics do not speak Latin. There are approximately 1.1 billion Catholics all over the world and they speak various languages. This caused [...]
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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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Latin > English: 8,737 words
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Last update: March 21, 2014
First upload: 1997
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