Saturday, June 27, 2009

Translation problems delay Pope's new encyclical: report

Posted : Sat, 27 Jun 2009 09:05:35 GMT

Rome - Translation problems have delayed the long-awaited publication of a new encyclical from the Pope, Italian media reported Saturday. A ruling from the Vatican of Catholic teaching on "Caritas in Veritate" (Charity in Truth) is expected before the G8 summit in Italy next month, and has been in preparation for some two years.

Pope Benedict XVI has indicated he wants the encyclical to encompass the current economic crisis.

But according to La Repubblica, problems have emerged translating the text.

Although English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Chinese have not posed a problem, finding Latin equivalents for "market value" and "tax haven" have proved difficult, the paper reported.

The original publication date was postponed from last year in order to focus on the financial meltdown. Publication is now expected on or around June 29.

Another Italian daily, Corriere della Sera, reported that the message of the encyclical would be that "social conscience and social responsibility are not possible without truth, without trust, and without love for the truth."


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