Gaudeamus! Benedict boost for Latin as school made pontifical academy4 September 2012
In a clear attempt to save the Latin language as an important part of the Church's culture Pope Benedict XVI has decided to upgrade a papal foundation set up nearly four decades ago.
An Italian news report on 30 August said the Pope is soon to issue a new "motu proprio" called Foveatur Lingua Latina (To promote the Latin language), which effectively elevates the "Latinitas" Foundation to the status of a pontifical academy.
Pope Paul's institution of the Latinitas Foundation in 1976 was an effort to revive Latin studies, but it has been seen as an ineffective office run by a small group of (mainly Italian) specialists. As the Pontifical Council "Latinitas", the organism will gain additional members from all over the world, including cardinals, bishops and Latin specialists.
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