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First News in Latin on Vatican Radio, Introducing ‘Hebdomada Papae’

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The first radio news program in Latin will be broadcast on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 12:32 pm on Vatican Radio, reported “Vatican News” in Italian on June 6.

It will be called Hebdomada Papae, Notitiae Vaticanae Latine Redditae (The Pope’s Week, Bulletin of Information of the Vatican in Latin) and broadcast once a week for five minutes.

The initiative stems form the collaboration of Vatican Radio – Vatican News with the Office of Latin Literature, structure of the State Secretariat charged with the translation and drafting of official documents of the Pope in Latin, including his Tweets on his account@Pontifex_In. The new radio news program will also be diffused in podcast format via the multi-language news portal of “Vatican News,” accompanied by an article containing the translation of texts.

“With this new weekly appointment we wish to revive, also in current events, the official language of the Catholic Church, which already resounds daily on Vatican Radio during the broadcast of the morning Mass, explained Andrea Tornielli, Editorial Director of the Dicastery for Communication.

The radio’s news in Latin will be followed on Vatican Radio Italy by “Anima Latina,” a 23-minute program in Italian dedicated to the rediscovery of the value and beauty of the Latin language.

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