Feb 04, 2021
By Christine Ross
Pope Francis is offering encouragement to musicians who’ve been silenced as a result of the pandemic.
The Pontiff recalled the importance of music to the life of the church, citing in particular its prominent role in indigenous Catholic liturgies. He said he hopes that once the pandemic passes, the church’s musical life can be reborn. His comments were made in a video message for the fourth International Conference on music.
He also noted that many musicians have lost their jobs and human contact.
Unlike Pope Benedict XVI, who is an accomplished pianist and liked to attend classical music concerts in the Vatican, Francis has never shown a particular passion for music, although he’s known to be a big fan of the tango in his native Argentina.