· Concert on the 84th anniversary of the Lateran Pacts ·
Intense encounter between the Pope and President Napolitano
A 'particularly intense' meeting between Benedict XVI and Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, took place on Monday afternoon, 4 February, in a small hall outside of the Paul VI Hall, before the concert in the Vatican for the 85th anniversary of the Lateran Pacts. In the course of discussions, which lasted about 20 minutes, “the Pope demonstrated his attention and participation for the important meetings which await the Italian people”. “References to the central topics of the international situation” were not left out, especially the concern for peace in the most troubled regions in the world, such as the Middle East and Africa. Next the Pontiff and the Head of State went to the Paul VI Hall for the concert by the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta, who lead an overture from “La forza del destino” by Giuseppe Verdi, (of whose birth we are celebrating the bicentenary this year) and the Third “Eroica” Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven. An hour of splendid music was concluded by Benedict XVI's thanking President Napolitano: “in these seven years we have met many times and shared many experiences and reflections”. The Pope also spoke about some of the most salient aspects of the two musical pieces.
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