nuncium e latina lingua: knowing Latin pays off

Super exciting day: the journalist who broke the story of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation did so because she KNEW LATIN. She was able to send out the news once she heard the announcement read in Latin.

I have said (but not on this blog, alas) how Latin is useful in more an abstract and intangible way: studying Latin made me a more well-round and ultimately better person. In this case, Latin was extremely useful for getting the scoop.

Now I wonder: under what other circumstances would knowing Latin help a reporter break a story? I’m thinking right now….

Here are some links from around the web heralding the triumph:

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