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Madonna seeks an audience with Pope Francis

May 6, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

In a Tweet on Wednesday, Madonna asked Pope Francis to receive her so she could talk with him about "some... Read more

"Song of St. Joseph" cover art

This song will debut at the upcoming St. Joseph Summit

Jul 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The upcoming Saint Joseph Summit will feature the debut of the “Song of Saint Joseph,” a new original song by... Read more

The Regensburger Domspatzen, a choir based at Regensburg Cathedral in Bavaria, Germany.

Girls’ choir to join 1,000-year boys’ choir at German Catholic cathedral

Jun 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Regensburger Domspatzen choir traces its roots back to the year 975. Read more

Sir James MacMillan.

‘It’s heady stuff’: A composer turns St. John Henry Newman’s much-loved words into music

Jun 9, 2021

By Luke Coppen

Sir James MacMillan’s new work “Nothing in Vain” is inspired by a meditation by the English saint. Read more

Pope Francis pictured on April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/

Pope Francis hails musicians’ ‘new creativity’ amid pandemic disruption

Feb 4, 2021

Pope Francis praised musicians on Thursday for showing “new creativity” despite severe restrictions imposed on their work by the coronavirus... Read more


Sacred music album recorded on eve of coronavirus lockdown storms Christmas charts

Dec 21, 2020

When the singers of the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School gathered earlier this year to create a new... Read more

'All are Welcome' not a welcome hymn at Mass, USCCB committee says

Dec 10, 2020

The doctrine committee of the US bishops’ conference (USCCB) earlier this year produced a guide to evaluating the lyrics of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Benedict XVI praises “glorious music” of Bach in festival message

Jul 28, 2020

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has praised the “glorious music” of Johann Sebastian Bach in a message to a festival in... Read more

Ennio Morricone.

Ennio Morricone, composer honored by Pope Francis, dies at 91

Jul 6, 2020

Ennio Morricone, an Oscar-winning Italian composer honored by Pope Francis, has died at the age of 91.  Read more

Ennio Morricone.

Pope Francis awards film composer Ennio Morricone

Apr 15, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone was awarded the Gold Medal of the Pontificate Monday for his artistic accomplishments.  Read more

Brother Isaiah, CFR.

New York friar’s new album says life is a pilgrimage made 'poco a poco'

Oct 24, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Musical inspiration can come from unexpected places - like a Franciscan friar’s struggle to learn Spanish.  Read more

Bono gives Pope Francis a plant at the Vatican's Casa Santa Marta, Sept. 19, 2018.

Pope Francis meets Bono

Sep 19, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

U2 front man Bono had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican Wednesday afternoon, saying afterward the Holy... Read more

Dr. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw. Courtesy of Catholic University of America.

CUA appoints new dean of music, drama, and art

May 30, 2018

The Catholic University of America announced Tuesday that Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw has been appointed dean of the university's school of music.  Read more

The Sistine Chapel Choir at Westfield World Trade Center on May 9, 2018.

Sistine Chapel Choir's Met performance a real 'wow moment'

May 9, 2018

By Elise Harris

A surprise performance by the Sistine Chapel Choir at the Met Gala this week left attendees in awe and helped... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Vatican's annual charity concert in Vatican City on Dec. 15, 2017.

Pope Francis: Music opens our hearts to the true meaning of Christmas

Dec 15, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Music and art are especially suited to helping us more deeply comprehend the true meaning of the mystery of Christmas,... Read more

The Hillbilly Thomists.

These Dominican brothers are releasing a folk album

Dec 12, 2017

By Perry West

Folk music is known for its foot-tapping, hand-clapping, barn-raising style – but now, a group of Dominican brothers is giving... Read more

Jesus Joy of Man's Desiring.

'Tis the season: Dominican Sisters climb charts with new Christmas album

Oct 28, 2017

Among other things, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have been known to appear on game shows... Read more

Unveiling of the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 9, 2016.

Sistine Chapel Choir releases new album for Advent, Christmas

Oct 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

For the third year in a row, the Sistine Chapel Choir has released a new CD, which this year is... Read more

St. Paul's Boys Choir. Courtesy of St. Paul's Boys Choir.

New boys' choir CD explores rich music of Mary

Sep 27, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Boys’ choirs have been a tradition in the Catholic Church since the Middle Ages, when men and women did not... Read more

Antonio Vivaldi at the International Museum and Library of Music of Bologna. Public Domain.

What makes Vivaldi unique among composers? He was a priest.

Aug 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

While Antonio Vivaldi's “Four Seasons” echoes in concert halls and elevators around the world, for some, his greatest masterpieces are... Read more