Sacred Music

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A community of Benedictine sisters recording an album of sacred music.

Pope Francis: Education is key to the renewal of sacred music

Mar 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Saturday that while liturgical music has often struggled to live up to the quality and beauty the... Read more

London Oratory Boys Schola Choir. Courtesy of London Oratory and De Monfort Music.

London choir aims to bring sacred music from the the masses

Feb 21, 2017

By Mary Farrow

You may recognize the sound of the London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir from epic motion picture soundtracks like The... Read more

Sacred music and … jazz? One composer's response to Vatican II

Dec 7, 2016

By Elise Harris

For American composer J.J. Wright, the Second Vatican Council's call to inculturate the Church's ancient musical traditions into “mission territory”... Read more

A view of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Oct. 29, 2014.

Sistine Chapel Choir releases new album for Jubilee of Mercy

Oct 7, 2016

By Elise Harris

For the second year in a row the Sistine Chapel Choir has recorded an album inside the chapel of its... Read more

Sacred Music Clinic in the Diocese of Lincoln.

Diocese of Lincoln sees strong turnout at first Sacred Music Clinic

Sep 1, 2016

The Diocese of Lincoln held its first “Sacred Music Clinic” Aug. 27 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on the campus... Read more

The Sistine Chapel Choir sings in Westminster Cathedral, May 6, 2012.

Sistine Chapel Choir releases sacred music album recorded in its chapel

Sep 30, 2015

By Elise Harris

As the first album ever to be recorded inside the Sistine Chapel is released, Archbishop Georg Ganswein said the sacred... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrates vespers at St. Sebastian on Jan. 5, 2014.

San Francisco project to promote beauty in music, liturgy

Feb 9, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

A recently launched initiative in San Francisco will educate Church musicians about sacred music and train lay ministers for their... Read more

Chart-topping Benedictine nuns to release album for Lent

Feb 5, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles – an order of contemplative nuns who live in a cloister yet repeatedly... Read more

Composer Martin Palmeri during an interview with CNA at the opening concert for the International Festival of Sacred Music and Art on Oct. 29 2013.

Musician blends Tango, classic styles in Mass composition

Nov 5, 2013

By Elise Harris

At a festival in Rome, an Argentinian composer noted the need for sacred music in modern society and spoke of... Read more

Bishop Alexander K. Sample of Marquette. File: Photo/CNA.

Bishop finds sacred music essential for liturgy

Feb 14, 2013

Sacred music is “integral” to the Catholic Church's liturgy, Bishop Alexander K. Sample said in a Feb. 13 pastoral letter... Read more