Posts Tagged ‘Latin’

Exorcism prayers in Latin more effective against the devil

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says exorcism prayers in Latin, because “tends to be more effective against the devil because he doesn’t like the language of the Church”. Cordileone recently performed an exorcism ceremony outside a Catholic church in San Rafael, where protesters had earlier toppled a statue of Father Junipero Serra. Serra was an Read more

Vatican launches news bulletin in Latin

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The Vatican is to launch its first radio bulletin in Latin, with translators facing the challenge of how to render modern concepts such as the suicide bomber, mini-skirt and popcorn into the language of Horace and Cicero. The first five-minute bulletin will be broadcast on Vatican Radio on Saturday, becoming a regular weekly event. Continue Read more

Manual for learning Latin published by Vatican

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

A manual for learning Latin has been published by the Vatican university. The university says Latin is not a thing of the past. The manual will help people learn to the language of the Church Fathers, medieval theologians, and Vatican Legislation texts. Read more

Missal translation stoush looming for French-speakers

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

The French-speaking Catholic world is heading for a tug-of-war over the translation of the Roman Missal. The Vatican is insisting on a precise translation from the Latin text approved in 2002, as it did for the translation into English. The planned new translation will be for French-speaking parts of Europe, Canada, Africa and the Caribbean. Read more

Why not learn some Latin for Lent

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Lent and we may take on something in addition to giving up something. With that in mind, here are a few Latin words or phrases that every Catholic should know. Every Catholic should know a few Latin words and phrases. Here’s 20 of them. Continue reading If you want some everyday phrases have a look Read more

Jesuit O’Collins asks bishops to dump Missal translation

Friday, March 13th, 2015

A distinguished Jesuit theologian has asked the world’s English-speaking bishops to dump the “clunky and Latinised” 2011 translation of the Missal. Fr Gerald O’Collins, who taught at the Gregorian University in Rome for 33 years and who holds several doctorates in theology, sent The Tablet an open letter to the bishops. In the letter, he called Read more

Latin makes comeback thanks to Pink Floyd and Pope

Friday, February 13th, 2015

From Facebook to Pink Floyd and Google to Harry Potter, long-dead Latin is enjoying something of a modern renaissance. Some students in Rome speak the language all day, and one band has even produced an album in the mother tongue of Julius Caesar. Nor is the language confined to dusty books: Google Translate now has Read more

Papal medals withdrawn because Jesus was misspelt

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

More than 6000 papal medals minted to commemorate the papacy of Pope Francis have had to be withdrawn because the name Jesus was misspelt Lesus. The gold, silver and bronze medallions marking the Pope’s first year in office had been specially made by the Italian State Mint. They went on sale on October 8 and Read more

Back to the future: Vatican to open new Latin school

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Alarmed by the decline in the use of Latin within the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict is planning to set up a new Latin school. Latin is the language of the Vatican and Benedict is looking to breathe new life into the dead language by developing a new academy “to better promote the knowledge and speaking Read more

Heat-Seeking Missal? Fight on Liturgy Divides Catholics

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Despite all the really weighty issues Roman Catholics face, including the latest sexual abuse scandal playing out in Philadelphia, the most passionate debate this year may well be whether the Nicene Creed should say “one in Being with” or “consubstantial with.” That’s because the Vatican plans to introduce a new English-language Roman Missal, the prayer Read more