Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone has premiered a Mass he composed to mark the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Jesuit order and named for its most illustrious member, Pope Francis, reports AP in The Washington Post.
The Jesuits said in a statement that the 86-year-old Morricone conducted Missa Papae Francisci yesterday at the main Jesuit church in Rome, leading Rome’s Symphonic Orchestra and the choirs of the Santa Cecilia Academy and the Teatro dell’Opera.
Francis was not expected to attend.
During his lengthy career, Morricone has composed the scores for a number of Oscar-winning films, including The Mission, about heroic Jesuit missionaries in South America. He won a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2007.
Photo: Morricone in Budapest in 2014. Credit: AP