Benedict XVI Encourages Study of Latin

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 13, 2011 ( Benedict XVI is encouraging the study of Latin, noting that the ancient language has much to offer in the study of ancient and modern history.

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The Pope said this today, in Latin, after praying the midday Angelus together with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

His words were directed to the students and teachers of the Christelijk Lyceum of Veenendaal, Netherlands. The Pontiff stated that he was pleased that the students had come “to Rome to be strengthened in your endeavor to learn the Latin language.”

“In fact,” he added, “this language has much to contribute, both in the deeper study of antiquity and in the study of more recent history.”

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