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Pope reflects of music's path to transcendence

Catholic World News - November 28, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI attended a musical concert on Saturday evening, November 26. Following a performance of works by Falla, Albeniz, Rueda, Strauss, and Rimsky-Korsakov, by the Orchestra of Asturias, the Pontiff offered some thoughts on the music. All of the pieces on the program “share the fundamental characteristic of using music to communicate feelings and emotions--almost I would say the fabric of daily life,” the Pope remarked. He added that the works also drew attention to religious faith.

“This,” the Pope said, “is the magic worked by music, the universal language which can overcome all barriers and allow us to enter the world of others, of a nation or a culture, at the same time enabling us to turn our mind and hearts ... to the world of God.”

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