John Paul II Poetry Put To Music

Pope John Paul II's poetry is "incredible, profound and complex," according to the well-known tenor who has put the texts to song on a CD that was released in Italy today.

Plácido Domingo joined with Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, to present his latest recording, "Amore Infinito" (Infinite Love), during a press conference in the Vatican press office today.

The CD includes duets with Andrea Bocelli, Vanessa Williams and Katherine Jenkins and an international version will be released in January.

"This unique initiative brings together two art forms, poetry and music which, brilliantly combined, have produced an album," Bishop Crepaldi said.

"Listening to these songs, so magnificently interpreted by Placido Domingo and the London Symphony Orchestra, brings back the memory of John Paul II and of an entire life, frequently marked by dramatic episodes, lived with a passion for God and for man. What is the secret of this 'Wojtylian' poetic, which he translated into so many poetical texts?" asked the bishop. "For John Paul II everything begins with God's 'yes' to man, everything arises from God's plan of 'infinite love.' God's 'yes' to man means 'yes' to his dignity, to his authentic needs. It means 'yes' to the world [...] and to everything that is beautiful, good and just in life."

The texts of Domingo's songs "cover many subjects: family affections, work, war, homeland, etc, but all of them," the prelate affirmed, "are inspired by God's 'yes' to man, by the infinite love of God."

John Paul II Poetry

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