Yesterday, the Pope married a lost cultural relic to a very 21-century instrument: he tweeted in Latin.
“Unitati christifidelium integre studentes quid iubet Dominus? Orare semper, iustitiam factitare, amare probitatem, humiles Secum ambulare,” he wrote, which translates to “What does the Lord command to those wholly eager for the unity of those following Christ? To always pray, to continually do justice, to love uprightness, to walk humbly with Him”
Though more elegant and exotic, it also garnered confused responses like “Benny, nobody understands a word of Latin!”
But “Benny” tweeted with a cause: he hopes to revive the ancient language, which is the root to Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Romanian and English.
ATM bank machines in the Vatican can make transactions in Latin; and in November, the Pope set up a new Vatican department for promoting and using the language; he even allowed a partial come back for Latin masses.
With just more than 5,000 followers, the Pope’s Latin-language Twitter account is the smallest of his eight profiles including profiles in Arabic and German.