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A symphony of peace

· Benedict XVI at the end of the concert by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim ·

“To achieve peace it is necessary to be engaged, leaving violence and weapons aside” and to patiently search “for possible understandings”. This was the message launched by Benedict XVI at the concert offered to him in the late afternoon of Wednesday, 11 July, in Castel Gandolfo by the  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim in the presence of the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.

Underlining the singular composition of the ensemble, made up of Israeli and Palestinian musicians as well as musicians from other Arab countries, the Pope stated that  “music is a harmonization of differences”  and that every symphony is realized through “patient, tiring commitment that demands time and sacrifices in the effort to hear each other, avoiding excessive protagonism and giving priority to the best possible success of the orchestra as a whole”. A reality that calls to mind “the great symphony of peace among people”, that the Pope noted “has never been entirely achieved” and it always calls for patience in
dialogue and in understanding.

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Sept. 16, 2019

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