Vatican City, 13 May 2015 (VIS) – Before today's general audience, in the room adjacent to the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father met with the organisers and sponsors of the “Concert for the Poor”, to take place tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Paul VI Hall in support of the Pope's charitable works. The event will be sponsored by the Apostolic Almoner, the Pontifical Councils for Culture and Promoting New Evangelisation, and the St. Matthew Foundation in memory of Cardinal Van Thuan.
“I thank all of you for everything you have done, that you do, and will do for this concert, which brings us together”, said the Pontiff. “Music has the capacity to unite souls and to unite us with the Lord. It is horizontal and vertical, it lifts us up and it liberates us from our troubles. Even sad music, I think of mournful adagios, can help us in difficult moments”.
“Many thanks, as it does good to all of us to find spirit amid the materialism that always surrounds us and brings us down, taking away our joy. And as believers we have the joy of a Father Who loves us all, and the joy of fraternity with all. This is the joy that you now sow in this concert. It will be a concert to sow joy, not the type of joy that entertains for a moment, no: the seed will remain there in the souls of us all, and will bring good to all. I thank you from the heart for the good you do”.