Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Pope’s interpreter learns job brings surprises and fans

“Monsignor Mark Miles is the linguistic bridge between the Spanish-speaking Francis and his English-speaking audiences.

If every word you say is considered by some of your listeners to be divinely inspired — maybe even infallible — what happens if you don’t speak their language?

Monsignor Mark Miles is the linguistic bridge between the Spanish-speaking Francis and his English-speaking audiences. He has accompanied the pope on other international trips and been at his side in some illustrious company, including President Obama, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Queen Elizabeth II.

The queen is Miles’ other leader, at least from a secular perspective: He hails from Gibraltar, the British-ruled rocky outcrop in southern Spain, which also explains why Miles speaks English and Spanish fluently.”

Read more @ http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/translator-for-pope-francis-a-job-with-surprises/

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