Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Msgr. Mark Miles, Pope’s English Translator, Braces for the U.S. Spotlight

“‘I have a translator, a good translator. May I do that? May I?’ he asked in heavily accented English. When the crowd cheered its approval, Msgr. Mark Miles — a trim, bespectacled official from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State — discreetly materialized at the pope’s side and began expertly echoing the pope’s speech in English, keeping time with his pauses and his expressiveness, too.

The pope did not want to use a ‘professional translator that hides in the wings and is only a voice,'”

Read more @ http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/16/world/americas/msgr-mark-miles-popes-english-translator-braces-for-the-us-spotlight.html?_r=0

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