“Sacred music is an expression of that outbound Church of which Pope Francis speaks, a Church that is not afraid to speak the language of man and his needs, of which music is a high and universal expression”.
The Prefect of the Papal Household, Mgr. Georg Gänswein, said this,
presenting the CD of the Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir titled “Palestrina. Missa Papæ Marcelli – Motets”, a monographic work on Pierluigi de Palestrina.
“Outside this context” Mgr. Gänswein, “there would be no point in
having an institution such as the Sistine Chapel Choir, as simply
creating some good music does not justify its existence, even less so
when we consider the fact that it is fully integrated in that ancient
institution that is the Domus pontificalis, the house of the Pope. This
evangelising purpose, which necessarily renders what is human even more
human, is the most profound raison d’être of the professional work of
this ancient institution , which has a great past and a highly promising