Pope Francis makes debut as songwriter

Francis the songwriter

Pope Francis has added yet another improbable title to his résumé. He is now a songwriter, reports Crux.

Pope Francis was already well-qualified as a renaissance man, having formerly worked as a bouncer at a Buenos Aires nightclub and a literature professor who was able to persuade Argentina’s most famous surrealist writer, Jorge Luis Borges, to speak to one of his classes.

Now the Pontiff is a songwriter.

His new song, titled So we can all be one, is the product of a collaborative effort between Francis and Italian-Argentinian musician Odino Faccia. Its public debut came on March 29, following Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Square.

Written in Spanish, Para que todos sean uno was scored by Faccia at the Pontiff’s request, using the Pope’s own words, as a hymn for peace.

According to Faccia, his “close and trusting relationship” with Francis began after the canonisation ceremony for Popes John Paul II and John XXIII last year, which was the first time the artist performed in St Peter’s Square.

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