Svetlana Kasyan, one of the pontiff's favored singers, sings in 14 languages to promote world unity.
Pope Francis had a visit from one of his favorite opera singers to celebrate his 85th birthday. The pontiff was pleased to host famed Russian singer Svetlana Kasyan, who had just released an album based on Francis’ third encyclical. “Fratelli Tutti.”
Kasyan presented Pope Francis with the album as a gift during the January 11 meeting. The work is a compilation of operatic tunes in 14 languages that was intended to promote world unity. In comments provided by Asia News, Kasyan said the pope was pleased with the musical gift:
“He spoke about the new meeting he is preparing for this year with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, describing Catholics as friends of the Orthodox and Russia, and admitted that he would love to go on a pilgrimage to the land of Dostoevsky, our classic writer, whom he considers a true theologian.”