Arabic made its debut as one of the official languages at Pope Benedict’s weekly general audiences on 10 October as part of a Vatican attempt to reach out to Christians and Muslims in the Middle East.
A priest read a summary of the pope’s Italian language weekly address in Arabic for the first time, joining other briefings in French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovak, Czech, Polish, Hungarian and Russian during the audience in front of thousands of people in St Peter’s Square.
After the address, which dealt with the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, the pope said in Arabic:
“The pope prays for all people who speak Arabic. May God bless you all”.
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