Instituted by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI with the Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio “Latina Lingua of 10 November 2012, the Academy has the task of “supporting the commitment for a greater awareness and more competent use of Latin, in the ecclesial area and in wider culture” (Latina Lingua, 4).

Knowledge of Latin is important today for the study of sources of many ecclesiastical disciplines, such as, for example Theology, Liturgy, Patristics and Canon Law.

The Pontifical Academy of Latin incentivises the use of study methods apt for today's people and promotes a network of support between formation institutions and academic institutions, with a view to making the most of the patrimony of Latin civilisation.

latinitas Front cover of the review "Latinitas"

The Pontifical Academy Latinitatis publishes a review Latinitas. It is available from

Motu propio "Latina Lingua"

LITTERAE APOSTOLICAE MOTU PROPRIO DATAE "LATINA LINGUA" De Pontificia Academia Latinitatis condenda 1. Latina Lingua permagni ab Ecclesia Catholica Romanisque Pontificibus usque est aestimata, quandoquidem ipsorum propria habita est lingua, qui eandem cognoscendam et... Read more


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