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Old Apr 5, '05, 4:03 pm
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Default Does the pope have to speak many languages?

JPII is the only Pope Ive ever seen, and he knew a lot of languages, Do all popes usually speak many languages?
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Default Re: Does the pope have to speak many languages?

Not necessarily. It could be quite helpful in this day. And certainly he would need to learn Italian to function in Rome. It could be a consideration of the other cardinal electors. But it is not a firm requirement.
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Default Re: Does the pope have to speak many languages?

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Not necessarily. It could be quite helpful in this day. And certainly he would need to learn Italian to function in Rome. It could be a consideration of the other cardinal electors. But it is not a firm requirement.
I think it would really go a long way, although it is not a prerequisite.
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Certainly, Pope John Paul II was unusual in how many languages he knew. But even the Italian Popes (who have been speaking Italian since childhood) would have been fluent in Latin and probably in at least one other language (French or German). Educated Italians in their 60s (and older) would have studied Latin, Ancient Greek, and a foreign language in the equivalent of our high school and quite likely continued at the university. Until the 1970s, most colleges and universities in the US required students study a foreign language. Indeed, Latin was a common language studied in high schools and comprehension of a foreign language was a requirement for Ph.ds until the 1990s. Unfortunately, most Americans put little value on learning a foreign language. Furthermore, since Latin is the official language of the Catholic Church and Italian is the working language of the Curia, most Cardinals will be fluent in those languages.
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Well, if you already know Latin, Italian isn't too hard to learn (and most of the current Cardinals have studied in Rome at some point, so they'd have had to learn it already), and French and Spanish wouldn't be too tough either. And most educated people nowadays know English, so I'd imagine most Cardinals know at least four colloquial languages, in addition to whatever is spoken in their home countries.
 

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