Vatican launches revamped Latin journal
'Latinitas' focuses on literature, history, science08 November, 15:45
"You don't study Latin or Greek to speak them...you do so to come in direct contact with the civilization of two peoples who were the bedrock of modern society, that is, you study them to be yourself and to know yourself," he said. Ravasi, whose name came up among the Italian contenders for pope at the conclave that elected Pope Francis in March, recalled how a better understanding of Latin would have been useful when Pope Benedict XVI abdicated in February at a consistory by making an address in Latin. "I was there, and when the pope finished speaking a cardinal asked me 'what did he say?' 'He said he's stepping down,' I responded. 'No, you must not have understood!' was his reply". Also present during the momentous announcement was Giovanna Chirri, a veteran ANSA journalist who is proficient in Latin, and was thus able to break the story before anyone else.