13 February 2013

A Great Reason to Learn Latin

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An Italian journalist who beat the world's media on Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign got the scoop on the utterly unexpected news thanks to her knowledge of Latin. 
"Our Vatican expert, Giovanna Chirri, was listening to the Pope's speech," the ANSA news agency's head of information Luigi Contu told AFP. 
"At one point, the Pope stopped talking about the consistory. Chirri understood he was saying he was tired, that the pressure was too much, and that he was going to stop," he said. 
Chirri rushed to call Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi to confirm the news but got no reply.

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