This would be a welcome address

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But it would really just restate the pride of place given to chant and sacred polyphony in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican II. See number 116.

Nov. 07 (CNA/ - Sources close the Holy See are saying that during his upcoming visit to the St. Cecilia Music Academy, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) may address the need to recover the quality of sacred music in the liturgical life of the Church.

The feast of St. Cecilia, patroness of music, will be celebrated on November 22, and the Pontiff has announced that during that week he intends to visit the academy of music in Rome that bears the saint’s name. According to Vatican sources consulted by the Catholic News Agency, the Holy Father, who has expressed his concern over liturgical music, may address the need to recover the place of sacred music, “both Gregorian and polyphonic,” in the Catholic liturgy.

“This pronouncement could even take the form of a motu proprio, an official document issued on the Holy Father’s own initiative,” sources said.

Since the election of Pope Benedict XVI, sacred music has been given greater attention in the Roman liturgy. On November 19, as part of the year of Mozart-- one of the Pope’s favorite composers-- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (bio - news), Archbishop of Vienna, will preside at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, in which the famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will present Mozart’s Mass of Coronation. Although no time has been officially allotted for remarks by the Holy Father, it is possible he will address the faithful at the conclusion of the liturgical celebration.

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