Benedict XVI: The search for meaning leads to hope

In a moving address the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, introduced a concert held on February 4 in the Paul VI Hall, organized by the Italian Embassy to the Holy See to mark the 84th anniversary of the Lateran Pacts. The Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by Zubin Mehta, performed Giuseppe Verdi’s The Force of Destiny and Symphony no. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven. At the end of the concert the Holy Father thanked President Napolitano, the musicians and all those responsible for the concert. He emphasized the spiritual nature of both compositions, recalling the sorrowful meditation on death in the second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony and the theme of Destiny …

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