“A magnificent concert, in which the great musical traditions of England and Rome have been beautifully combined,” were the words with which Mons. Peter Bryan Wells, Assessorr of the Vatican's Secretariat of State, applauded theperformancee on Tuesday evening, 13 November, of the Sistine Chapel Choir, directed by Fr Massimo Palombella, and of the Westminster Cathedral Choir, conducted by Martin Baker. “We have been entranced by contrasting sonorities, which are the product of different cultural traditions, and yet these differences are transfigured by the shared faith that inspires them both. Here we have a tangible illustration of one of the essential characteristics of the Church, namely that of unity amid diversity, where the best of what each culture offers is valued and brought into service for the glory of God.”
At the concert, sponsored by the Cardinal Secretary of State and entitled “Ubi Petrus, ibi Ecclesia”, others who participated were: Cardinals Bernard Francis Law, Giuseppe Versaldi, Santos Abril y Castelló, Salvatore De Giorgi and William Joseph Levada. Present also bishops and monsignors, among them, Georg Ratzinger, the brother of Benedict XVI. Numerous members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, as well as Mons. Fortunatus Nwachukwu, titular Archbishop elect of Aquaviva, and Mons. Guillermo Javier Karcher.