New CD Recorded in the Sistine Chapel Features “The Music of Popes”

Here is a wonderful idea for Christmas gift giving: Beautiful music from a beautiful place. In the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held this morning to present the new musical CD "Cantate Domino": The Sistine Chapel and the Music of Popes."  The CD was produced by Deutsche Grammophon. The speakers at this morning's press conference wereArchbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the Papal Household; Msgr. Massimo Palombella, S.D.B., director of the Pontifical Sistine Chapel … [Read more...]

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Amazing Grace’s Brief Run on Broadway Draws to a Close

A few weeks ago, writing over at the National Catholic Register, I told the story of a new Broadway musical, Amazing Grace. The script was the work of first-time playwright Christopher Smith, a former police officer, and told the story of John Newton, who penned the classic hymn "Amazing Grace." In August, I wrote:Young John Newton was familiar with the sea: He was only 11 years old when he first set sail with his father. By the age of 18, he’d accepted a position as a slave master in Ja … [Read more...]

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