Patti Smith will perform in front of bishops and cardinals at the Vatican’s annual Christmas concert. Pope Francis invited Smith himself. Last spring, the two met and shook hands in St. Peter’s Square.
The Holy See’s announcement ironically comes after another Catholic association has attempted to prevent Smith from performing at the iconic Basilica of San Giovanni Maggiore in Naples on Dec. 9. The Portosalvo committee asked Naples Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe to block Smith’s “blasphemous” performa...
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