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Pope Benedict XVI smiles during his weekly general audience, held in Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)

The Pope also spoke a greeting in Latin to students of a Latin academy who were in the audience.

Sueciam deinde ipsam longinquam consalutare Latino sermone cupimus cuius hodie "Schola Cathedralis Scarensis" adest cum linguae Latinae discipulis viginti septem ac magistro Ioanne Hjertén aliisque praeceptoribus. Volumus omnino eorum confirmare et incitare studia, dum hic Romae antiquitates degustant tum christianas tum etiam veterum Romanorum, ut inde magnopere augescat spiritalis illorum et humana haereditas.
The translation

Now we wish to greet in Latin the far country of Sweden, from which present today is the Schola Cathedralis Scarensis, with 27 students of the Latin language, their teacher John Hjerten and other teachers. We wish to encourage and urge each of them in their studies, so that here in Rome, they may be able to experience the antiquities, both Christian and Roman, in a way that will increase their spirituality and (appreciation of) the human legacy.
Watch and listen to Benedict XVI speaking Latin!
1 posted on 03/12/2008 8:20:44 PM PDT by ELS
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2 posted on 03/12/2008 8:21:47 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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He conceived the idea of entrusting to the monks the task of recovering, conserving and transmitting to posterity the immense cultural patrimony of the ancients so that it would not be lost.

This task is more pertinent to us in the 21c. than we perhaps think. While the physical preservation of manuscripts is hopefully not am urgent matter, the destruction of the Christian patrimony in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel/West bank, Jordan and Egypt, and now imminent in Kosovo, should concern every Christian. Worse, the authentic Christian tradition does not appear to be safe even in the supposedly tolerant West.

4 posted on 03/12/2008 11:01:22 PM PDT by annalex (
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