Super-Hip Pope Invites Punk Rock Icon Patti Smith To Play Vatican Christmas Concert (VIDEO)

Published On November 15, 2014 | By james |

For those of you who thought Pope Francis couldn’t get much cooler, comes this.

It was announced that the Pontiff has invited punk rock icon Patti Smith to play at the Vatican’s annual Christmas party at the Conciliation Auditorium in Rome.

The invitation has of course caused controversy among Catholics. In doing a cover of the 1974 song “Gloria,” by ThemSmith – long considered the “Godmother of Punk” – added the line;

“Jesus died for somebody’s sins – but not mine.”

However, earlier this year Smith recorded a lullaby for the Darren Aronofsky directed film “Noah,” which starred Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. In an interview with The Independent at the time, Smith was asked about the relevance of the Bible;

The bible is very resonant. It has everything, creation, betrayal, lust, poetry, prophecy, sacrifice. All great things are in the bible and all great writers have drawn from it and more than people realise, whether Shakespeare, Herman Melville or Bob Dylan. Of course there are stories that are still relevant and inspiring; lessons that need to be taught over and over again. And they give people hope. It doesn’t really matter what religion you are or if you have no religion, those stories are still relevant to what people go through in their lives and they’re also beautifully written passages.”

For his part, Pope Francis – once a nightclub bouncer – continues to prove that he is dedicated to moving the Catholic Church into modern times, albeit slowly. Since being anointed, he has spoken out against wealth accumulation, decried the marginalization of homosexuals, has met with victims of church sex abuse and begged forgiveness, and acknowledged the Big Bang theory and the concept of evolution, saying:

“The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to something else, but it derives directly from a supreme principle that creates out of love. The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God; on the contrary, it requires it. Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of [divine] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve.”



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