Benedict XVI says Christian music tradition is unique

09 July 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt , James Roberts
IN ONE of his rare speeches since he retired as pope two years ago, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said that classical music for him can be an “encounter with the divine”.Benedict XVI was speaking at the Castel Gandolfo papal summer retreat, where he first stayed after resigning in February 2013, citing the frailty of age.The Pope Emeritus was receiving honorary doctorates from the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music for his promotion of respect for the sacred music traditions in the Church.“It remains indelibly impressed in my memory how, for example, as soon as the first notes resounded from Mozart’s Coronation Mass, the heavens practically opened and you experienced, very deeply, the Lord's presence,” the 88-year-old

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