Religion: Latin for Ca+holics

Latin is no dead language to the Roman Catholic Church. In Latin of sorts its services are held, its official business transacted. For its priests, seminarians, missionaries, the Church's nonclassical Latin is lingua franca. And, since the Popes' encyclicals are issued in Latin, its literature is still growing. But few lay Catholics know enough Latin to understand the words of the Mass. Last week was published a book (Your Catholic Language—Sheed & Ward—$2) which aims to teach Catholics Latin.

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