So everyone, we have a new pope! He is Argentinian but has Italian heritage and has chosen to be called Francis. Personally, I am happy to see that a South American Pope has finally been elected (he is the first ever) and also that he asked everyone to pray for him during his first speech.

On the subject of his speech, anyone who watched the ceremony yesterday will know how the interpreting service, sourced by the BBC, was unfortunately of a very poor quality. Indeed the interpreter was not able to translate even the most well known prayers in the world for the English-speaking audience, which is a shame. As reported in this article, many people noticed the misinterpretation immediately and took to Twitter, with many joking that the chosen linguist clearly wasn’t a Catholic.

This seems to show that whoever sourced the interpreter didn’t know or care that translators or interpreters need to know the subject they’re dealing with in order to be effective. This is not only because they may not know the relevant terminology, but they may not be able to express the correct message at all – which was unfortunately the case on this important occasion.

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Putting all of this aside, let’s celebrate the election of the new Pope Francis I (a name chosen in memory of St. Francis of Assisi) and wish him the best for his papacy.