Youth from around the world will participate in the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores, the official student choral organization of the Catholic Church, to be hosted in Rome and Vatican City, from December 26 – January 2. They will join more than 5,000 singers, with 2,000 from the U.S., including boys and girls from 4th through 12th grade. The choirs of Brother Rice and Mother McAuley High Schools will be among those singing in Rome and Vatican City. The Mother McAuley High School choir is the only group from the American Federation of Pueri Cantores which will be singing the Concert of Hope at the Basilica dei Santi XII Apostoli on December 29th.
The Congress, held every five years, will be a choral extravaganza. The choirs will sing at several locations, including an opening ceremony in St. Peter’s at the Sala Nervi (Paul VI Hall) on December 28th. The 2015- 2016 theme for the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores “Cantate spem vestram!” (Sing out your hope!)
The choirs will sing a Mass of Nations at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome on December 29th and will participate in a Carols from Around the World Christmas celebration on December 31st. Choirs will sing carols expressive of the music of their countries.
On January 1st, the International Congress will conclude its pilgrimage with the World Peace Day Papal Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, when several thousand youth will sing in the liturgy celebrated by Pope, joining together in song to sing PEACE into the New Year, along with the Sistine Chapel Choir.
According to Jan Schmidt, executive director of the American Federation of Pueri Cantores, which is based in Southern California, “Catholic youth choirs from around the world will be celebrating a once in a lifetime opportunity to sing in prominent churches located in Rome and Vatican City. What sets Pueri Cantores apart is the quality of the music, the great conducting and the beauty of the churches where choirs sing.”
The International Federation of Pueri Cantores, founded in 1944 in France, was officially endorsed by the Holy See in 1965 and currently is part of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
There are about 40,000 youth and children in hundreds of Pueri Cantores choirs composed of boys and girls, aged 9 through 18 around the world. The American Federation of Pueri Cantores was founded in Chicago in 1953 and has grown to more than 150 choirs in 72 U.S. dioceses.
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