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Mirabile dictu! The Catholic Herald publishes its first front-page report in Latin

We’re offering a prize to the reader who can come up with the best translation

By on Thursday, 14 November 2013

We were unable, sadly, to have the report illuminated by medieval monks (CNS)

We were unable, sadly, to have the report illuminated by medieval monks (CNS)

For the first time in the 125-year history of The Catholic Herald we have published a full front-page report in Latin.

The article in this week’s edition, which focuses on a topical Vatican event, was written by Harry Mount, the brilliant and genial author of the bestselling book Amo, Amas, Amat… and All That.

Here is the report:

Mirabile dictu! Latinitas redit

Civitas Vaticana editionem primam actorum diurnorum Latinorum recreatorum, Latinitatem, aperuit.
Editio nova praefationem a Francisco Papa adscribit, qui 180,000 sectatores eius tabularii Latini, Strepitus, habet.

Latinitas quater quotannis vulgatur et litteras de historia, libris, lingua et scientiis continet. Acta diurna in parte, Diarium Latinum, quoque continet. Ad ecclesiae linguam publicam promendam in MCMLIII fundata est. Editio nova litteras in lingua Italica Anglicaque primum habebit.

Editionem novam nuntians, Cardinalis Gianfrancus Ravasius Italicum Communem, Antonium Gramscium, interpretatus est, dicens, “Linguam Latinam aut Graecam non studes ut eas dicas. Id facis ut cum populorum duorum, qui societatis novae fundamenta erant, humanitate convenias; id est, eas studes ut tu sis et te cognoscas.”

What do you make of it? If reading it was a breeze, we invite you to offer a translation in the comments below. We’ll send a prize to whoever does the best job. The competition closes on Monday and we’ll announce the winner on Tuesday.

  • Dave

    Great News! Latinitas returns.

    The Vatican City has published the first issue of Latinitas, its revamped Latin journal.
    Pope Francis, who has 180,000 followers on his Latin Twitter account, wrote a preface for the first issue.

    Latinitas is published four times a year and contains articles on history, literature, language and the sciences. The journal also contains ‘The Latin Daily’, news articles in Latin. Latinitas was established for the promotion of the official language of the Church in 1953. The new edition will publish, for the first time, articles in Italian and English.

    Announcing the first issue, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi translates the words of Italian communist, Antonio Gramsci: ‘You do not study the Latin and Greek languages in order to speak them. You learn them to know first hand the two cultures which form the basis of modern civilisation. You learn them in order to be yourself and to know yourself.’

  • anon

    (If someone could translate the text into English Latin Root words,even better! Slightly archaic but recognisably latin heritage…)

  • Guest

    According to the Vatican’s own Lexicon recentis latinitatis, ‘communist’ in Latin is ‘communista’, or if one shuns neologisms, ‘aequandorum bonorum fautor’. In any case, communis is woefully inadequate as even if one was squeezing from it a political meaning, it would mean here that Gramsci was a democrat!

  • RCYouthWorker

    Well the Google translate version is utter gibberish!!

  • peregrinus

    Wow Dave, pretty impressive.

  • milliganp

    At the risk of shunning Liurgiam Authenticam, I’d suggest it would be better to call him a Marxist. Not all communists are Marxist much like not all Christians are Catholic.

  • http://nathaniel-campbell.blogspot.com/ Nathaniel M. Campbell

    “Good news! Latinitas returns!”

    The Vatican City has released the first edition of its revived journal in Latin, Latinitas. The new issue includes a preface by Pope Francis, who already has 180,000 followers on his Latin Twitter feed.

    Latinitas is published four times a year and contains articles on history, literature, language, and the sciences. It also contains news features, called “The Latin Diary”. It was founded in 1953 to promote the public use of the Church’s language. The renewed edition will also for the first time have articles in Italian and English.

    In announcing the first installment, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi quoted the Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci, saying, “You do not study Latin or Greek to speak them. You do it to engage with the humanity of the two peoples who formed the foundations of modern society–that is, you study them to understand yourself and what you can be.”

  • http://nathaniel-campbell.blogspot.com/ Nathaniel M. Campbell

    Vatican City has caused to appear the primal edition of Latinitas, diurnal acts recreated in Latin. The novel edition has a preface ascribed to Pope Francis, who has 180,000 sectarians of his Latin tablets, Tweets.

    Latinitas is vulgarized quarterly and contains letters on history, literature, linguistics, and the sciences. It also contains diurnal acts in part, called “The Latin Diary”. It was founded in 1953 to promote the public language of the ecclesiastical corporation. The new edition will have for the first time letters in the Italian and Anglican languages.

    Announcing the new edition, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi interpreted the Italian Communalist Antonio Gramsci, dictating, “You do not study the Latin or Greek language to dictate them. You facilitate this to convene with the humanity of the dual peoples who were the fundaments of new society. That is, you study them to recognize yourself and who you can exist as.”

  • http://nathaniel-campbell.blogspot.com/ Nathaniel M. Campbell

    It’s a bit roughshod, but there you go — you asked for something that stuck with Latin roots.

  • Abragolas

    Latin (instead of english) should be taught at schools and used as an international language for science, culture and arts…