Those of us who advocate the study of Latin have an uphill battle. Too many people have no appreciation for what study of a “dead language” can do for them.
This week one reporter’s knowledge of Latin enabled her to break a story. And this wasn’t just any story. It was the sort of story that most journalists dream their whole lives of breaking, an event the likes of which had not happened in 600 years. I’m referring, of course, to the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication.
Read about it here.
If you’d like to know about the last time a pope voluntarily stepped down from office, read this.