Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican concert marks Pope's 6th anniversary

Catholic World News - May 06, 2011

On May 5, the Opera Theatre of Rome performed works by Vivaldi and Rossini in a concert at the Vatican’s Paul VI auditorium. The concert was arranged by Italian president Giorgio Napolitano, to honor the 6th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s installation as Roman Pontiff.

At the conclusion of the concert, the Holy Father thanked Napolitano for his “exquisite courtesy,” and praised the performers and directors for their “splendid execution” of the two pieces. Repaying the Italian leader’s courtesy, the Pope noted that this year is the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, and identified the two composers, Vivaldi and Rossini, as artists of whom Italy “should feel proud.”

Commenting on the two works, the Pope—whose loe for music is well known—observed that Vivaldi’s Credo testifies to a deep faith: “It confidently affirms the true meaning of the reality that sustains us, that sustains the world.” Regarding Rossini’s Stabat Mater, the Pope said that “Rossini’s piety expresses a rich range of feelings in the face of the mysteries of Christ with a very strong emotional tension.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($33,668 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,332.00
96% 4%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Vatican statement clarifies duties of Catholic faithful after Obergefell decision 4 hours ago
Political battles vs. sacrificial service: The Brooks paradox revisited 9 hours ago
A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear June 30
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects June 30
In the Aftermath of Obergefell June 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15
Cardinal Kasper: Pope never approved my proposal CWN - June 4