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A Shakespeare first folio

A Shakespeare first folio

'Shakespeare stole everything from the ancient Romans...'

13/04/2016 11:00

(Vatican Radio) As Shakespeare is on the agenda today in the Vatican with a performance of Hamlet taking place at the 'Palazzo della Cancelleria' why not join our popular ‘Latin Lover’, as he translates Shakespeare into Latin and tells how he stole his characters  from the ancient Romans…

Rome's Palatine Hill

Rome's Palatine Hill

What Christmas music for the ancient Romans?

26/12/2015 14:15

(Vatican Radio) Our popular 'Latin Lover', Carmelite Father Reginald Foster chats to Veronica Scarisbrick about issues related to Christmas both quirky and informative. But don't be misled this is no frivolous programme as the conversation really focuses around the Nativity scene and sacred music.

Giotto's depiction of St Francis feeding the birds

Giotto's depiction of St Francis feeding the birds

Saint Francis: of birds and wolves

02/10/2015 13:19

(Vatican Radio) On Sunday 4th of October the Church remembers Saint Francis of Assisi. For the occasion our popular 'Latin Lover', Carmelite Father Reginald Foster agrees to translate from some of this Umbrian Saint's writings relating to the environment and the animal world.  

Pope Francis during his annual spiritual exercises

Pope Francis during his annual spiritual exercises

Our Latinist tells of spiritual exercises in the Vatican

24/02/2015 13:21

(Vatican Radio) Have you ever wondered when spiritual exercises in the Vatican began? As our popular 'Latin Lover', Carmelite Father Reginald Foster explains the date in which this was streamlined was 1929, the year in which the  Lateran Pacts were signed. 

Manger Square in Bethlehem

Manger Square in Bethlehem

Our popular Latin Lover and all things Christmas

19/12/2014 16:05

(Vatican Radio) Our popular 'Latin Lover', Carmelite Father Reginald Foster chats to Veronica Scarisbrick about issues related to Christmas both quirky and informative. The conversation begins with a focus on the modern trend to deprive this day of its Christian character.

Pope Francis blowing out birthday candles

Pope Francis blowing out birthday candles

'Vatican Weekend' for December 20, 2014

19/12/2014 15:01

(Vatican Radio) 'Vatican Weekend' for December 20, 2014 features a report on the weekly general audience of Pope Francis, a Christmas carol special, a visit to a Roman Church to admire a Christmas crib and a conversation focusing on Christmas with our popular 'Latin Lover'.

Saint Andrew's relics, Patras

Saint Andrew's relics, Patras

St Andrew's head: Paul VI returns to sender

26/11/2014 17:42

(Vatican Radio) Our popular 'Latin Lover' Carmelite Father Reginald Foster has a passion for the writings of  Pius II, the pope who had the head of Saint Andrew brought to Rome and placed in Saint Peter's Basilica. However he specifies centuries later Blessed Paul VI gave it back.

The Ancient Romans and death

The Ancient Romans and death

How did the ancient Romans envisage death?

31/10/2014 15:07

(Vatican Radio ) Our popular "Latin Lover", Carmelite Father Reginald Foster speaks of how the ancient Romans envisaged death. In this conversation with Veronica Scarisbrick he speaks of Charon and the River Styx and of  how Cicero wrote about his father's death.