Some of You Thought I Was Wrong About Patti Smith. You May Be Right, But…

Patti Smith

Well now!  Yesterday, I wrote about Pope Francis' invitation to Patti Smith to sing in the Vatican's annual Christmas Concert.  Both the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera and the International Business Times reported that Smith is one of the artists invited to perform at the annual Concerto di Natale, which will take place Dec. 13 at Auditorium Conciliazione and will be televised live on Italian television. I thought the punk rocker was an odd selection, considering the preponderance of g … [Read more...]

WHY PATTI SMITH? Pope Francis Invites Legendary Punk Rocker to Play Christmas Concert at the Vatican

Pope Francis greets Patti Smith after the Wednesday General Audience on April 13, 2013

Yesterday it was announced that Pope Francis invited Sr. Cristina Scuccia, who catapulted to fame after her appearance on Italy's "The Voice", and American punk rocker Patti Smith to play at the Vatican's Christmas Concert on December 13.The concert, which will be held December 13 at Rome's Auditorium Conciliazione, will be televised live. *     *     *     *     * I love Sr. Cristina, and I look forward to the release of her first album.But Patti Smith?  I confess, I'm not much of a fo … [Read more...]

Habemus Papam: The Sistine Chapel Choir Performs Music for a Conclave

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Just in time for Christmas:  A new CD which includes all the music which was performed by the Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir during the celebrations of the 2013 Conclave, at which Jorge Bergoglio was elected to the papacy.  The CD is available for pre-order, and will be officially released on December 9, 2014.News today from the Vatican Information Service:This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the CD “Habemus papam”, a compilation of the music o … [Read more...]