Patti Smith, Sister Cristina to perform at Vatican Christmas concert—UPDATED

From Huffington Post:  Sources close to Patti Smith confirmed to The Huffington Post that she will be performing at the Holy See’s Christmas concert this year. The iconic rock star is one of 18 acts scheduled to take the stage at the Conciliation Auditorium in Rome on Dec. 13 for the Vatican’s annual Concerto di Natale. [Read More...]

Sister Cristina’s first album goes on sale

You’ve seen her sensational new take on “Like A Virgin.” Now the rest of the album is available at Amazon.  Details:  The 12-track album, which Italy’s Excite News reports was produced by Elvezio Fortunato and recorded in Los Angeles, is available for purchase on Amazon and features covers of “Try” by Pink, “No One” by Alicia Keys and “Somewhere [Read More...]

Here I am, Lord: Dan Schutte, the man behind the music

He’s written some of the most familiar—and controversial—Catholic music of the last 40 years. This morning, a newspaper in Louisiana profiles him:  Dan Schutte never envisioned fame or a lasting legacy as a music star. He just wanted to write spiritual music. He wrote a lot of it. Nowadays, four decades after he first began [Read More...]

Epic: hundreds join massive “Riverdance” celebration

I’m not sure what the Gaelic word for “Wow” is (O’Wow?) but this definitely deserves it. Just watch. [Read more...]

“Singing Nun” Sister Cristina releasing an album for Christmas

Details:  Sister Cristina is back! Though in reality she never went away. After her breakout performance of Alicia Keys’ “No One” on Italy’s “The Voice,” Sister Cristina Scuccia went on to not only win the final competition but land herself a recording deal with Universal. With the world stunned and wooed by her explosive vocal talent, the young nun [Read More...]

A hymn for Mary Magdalene?

Someone posted this lovely hymn on Facebook this morning, noting that it was written in the early 20th century from the point of view of Mary Magdalene (whose feast we mark today). I haven’t found any other citation for that, but I suppose it’s a plausible interpretation. Wikipedia just has this: “In the Garden” (sometimes [Read More...]

Sister Cristina says her priorities are “Jesus and prayer”

The Internet sensation—and winner of Italy’s “The Voice”—has given her first interview since her triumph: Speaking to reporters for the first time after her victory on The Voice Italy, Sister Cristina Scuccia said that she now plans to return to the two priorities in her life, which are “Jesus and prayer.” “My future is in [Read More...]

She did it: Sister Cristina wins “The Voice,” prays the Our Father

Details: A cheery Catholic nun has clinched an Italian television talent singing contest after winning millions of followers with her lively dance act and soulful renditions of pop classics. Wearing her habit and a crucifix around her neck, Suor Cristina immediately thanked God for her victory on Thursday in The Voice of Italy and recited [Read More...]

Doesn’t anybody sing in church anymore?

Thom Schultz observes a phenomenon I’ve seen (and heard) in my own parish: Looking around the church last Sunday I noticed that the majority weren’t singing. And most of those who were singing barely moved their lips. The only voices I actually heard were those on stage with microphones. That’s been the case for years [Read More...]

Best dad ever?

He definitely wins the Good Sport award. Can you stand one more rendition of “Love is an Open Door” from “Frozen”? Behold:  a father-daughter duet that is now sweeping the interwebs and is guaranteed to have you grinning. [Read more...]