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Pope Benedict: Music lifts our mind to God

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On Saturday Pope Benedict XVI attended a Vatican concert in his honour. Chinese pianist Jin Ju performed music by a range of composers on pianos from seven different eras.

The Pope said:

Music is a part of all cultures and, we might say, accompanies every human experience, from pain to pleasure, from hatred to love, from sadness to joy, from death to life. We see how, over the course of the centuries and millennia, music has always been used to give a form to that which we are not able to speak in words, because it awakens emotions that are difficult to communicate otherwise. So it is not by chance that every civilisation has placed such importance and value on music in its various forms and expressions.

Music, great music, gives the spirit repose, awakens profound sentiments and almost naturally invites us to lift up our mind and heart to God in every situation, whether joyous or sad, of human existence. Music can become prayer.

(Photo: Pianist Jin Ju performs during a concert at the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on Saturday. AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 19, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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