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A Pope’s Latin

FAVORITI, Secretary to the late Pope, says Menage, reading to him the Latin briefs he had composed and translated for the benefit of his Holiness, who knew not a word of Latin, the Pope shed tears of joy, and exclaimed—Cara Favoriti cosa diranno di noi nella Posterità quando vederanno cosi bella Latinità nostra! ‘Dear Favoriti, what will not Posterity say of us, when they read our beautiful Latin!’