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Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.
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Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.
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Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.
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Pope approves new decrees for the Causes of Saints

December 22, 2016. On Wednesday, December 21, Pope Francis authorized the following decrees for the Causes of Saints:

Latin: A 'dead language' that's still alive

2012-11-13

We may not realize it, but Latin, or at least a few words in Latin, are still used frequently.  It's heard in phrases like 'alter ego' and 'per capita.' When it comes to individual words, there's 'Idem,' 'deficit,' and even 'etcetera.' But we decided to take it one step further, asking people what Latin words or phrases they know.  

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"Carpe Diem. Tempus fugit. Virtus in media”. "Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant. De gustibus non disputandum est. Verba volant, scripta manent.”."Habemus Papam. Quod non fecerunt barbari, facerunt barberini.”. "Senatus populusque romanus.”. "Mens sana in corpore sano.”. "Alea iacta est”."Memento audere semper”."Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant”."Carpe diem”. "In vino veritas”. "Habemus Papam”. "Senatus populusque romanus”
 
All the official documents of the Vatican are published in Latin. In fact, back in 1997, the Vatican listed a modern Latin vocabulary which included more than 15,000 neologisms.

Ironically, for some entrepreneurs, going back to these Latin roots, is seen as something fresh and modern. For example, instead of saying macaroni, some chefs say 'pasta tubulata,' popcorn is 'máizae grana tosta.' In the world of sports, a mountain bicycle is a 'bírota montna' and a  parachute, 'umbrella descensória.' Even though its an ancient language, there is of course, also a term for computer, called 'instrumentum computatórium.'


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