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Latin helps journalist get the scoop on pope



A priest speaks to journalist outside St. Peter’s Square after it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 11, 2013 in Rome. 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. AFP/VINCENZO PINTO

VATICAN CITY—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.

In a heated debate with her editor, the journalist insisted her Latin knowledge was sound and they could alert the news.

At that point Lombardi rang back and at 11:46 a.m. (1046 GMT) ANSA’s alert was picked up by news agencies around the world.

“This is a strong argument for culture in training future journalists,” Contu said with a chuckle.

Congratulated by her colleagues, Chirri played down her success, tweeting: “Benedict XVI’s Latin is very easy to understand.”


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Tags: Benedict XVI , Giovanna Chirri , Latin , Media , Pope , Religion , resign , Vatican


  • huseng_batute

    Paano sa Latin ang itlog?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/5ILTYYTQK5B35FDKCFEYQDKG7Q Jerry

      i-goggle translate mo, LOL

    • Albert Einstien

      BALOTUM  pnoy…..je je

      sa mga ancient chinese…..ovum….

      sa mga present FETUS……je je

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

      Pwede ang Ovum, or Ova.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2FEJ6QCZW7BVHQOSDMWWNATIG4 sMiles_nd_bLues

    Sa lahat ng mga seminarians and ex-seminarians sa christ d king skul of philo.. mabuhay ang ating LATIN..

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    If one is a Christian, he would be better advised to learn Hebrew and the Aramaic dialect.  That is, if one really intends to go to Heaven. Otherwise, Latin will do.



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