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Pope praises French abbey’s Gregorian chant

October 05, 2010

Pope Benedict has named Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, as his envoy to celebrate the millennium of the founding of St. Peter’s Abbey in Solesmes, France, on October 12.

In his Latin-language letter announcing the appointment, Pope Benedict noted that for many generations the monks have served God with “diligent prayer and labor, but especially with most beautiful Gregorian chant, which is very greatly cultivated by the monks there.” The abbey has been renowned for its chant since its restoration by Dom Prosper Guéranger in 1833.


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