Latin in the Vatican
Is Latin spoken just as normal language on an everyday basis in the Vatican, or is it only spoken during ceremonies, or other important events?
Latin is the official language of the Holy See.
from wikipedia page:
Although the Holy See is sometimes metonymically referred to as the "Vatican", the Vatican City State was distinctively established with the Lateran Treaty of 1929, between the Holy See and Italy, to ensure the temporal, diplomatic and spiritual independence of the papacy.
It's not "spoken as a normal language on an everyday basis", however it's used in documents, also we have the Tridentine Mass - which is celebrated exclusively in Ecclesiastical Latin. You could easily gather that info on the web (even in this forum) before open this topic, but okay.
Basically, yes. Italian is the normal vernacular of the Vatican. Of necessity, it's in the middle of Italy. But not 100% accurate. Latin is still spoken on a daily basis in the Vatican. Especially in the Latin Letters Office. Others, I'm sure, make an effort to use it. But, it's not like you're going to be able to walk up to someone in the Vatican and start speaking Latin to them and have them understand you. Very, very rarely. (At least very rarely.) There is no living person to whom Latin is their native language.
I don't have any inside friends in the Vatican, but I do have Italian friends who, when they needed to communicate with foreigners from other European nations, resorted to using Latin. Many people who are well-educated in the humanities have had to study Latin. So I imagine many cardinals use Latin to communicate among themselves.
It is unlikely that the reason is that they spoke Latin. Israel has transformed Hebrew from practically dead language used for religious purposes only into mother language for many Israelis with its own literature and various other uses. So the question here is only the investment.
Latin is the official language of the Catholic Church, because Catholic means universal, and that way, in any country where you hear Holy Mass, is the same. The Tridentine Mass in Latin is beautiful, but unfortunately, it is not appreciated as it deserves. Too much modernism.