For multilingual pope, English comes second (or third)
September 25, 2015
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“Pope Francis’ visit to the United States is an historic first — and a linguistic challenge for the former South American cardinal who until recently had mostly spoken publicly in Italian and his native Spanish.
Of course, tending a flock of around 1.2 billion Roman Catholics spread across the globe has always been a multilingual affair.
Pope Francis, however, is a less prodigious language speaker than his predecessors — Pope John Paul II spoke eight languages fluently, Pope Benedict XVI seven. Francis reportedly has a command of four languages: Spanish, Italian, German and Latin.”
Read more @ http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/for_multilingual_pope_english_comes_second_or_thir.html
Languages do matter!