Andrea Bocelli & Juanes to Perform for Pope Francis in Philadelphia
Other acts expected for lineup of 'Festival of Families'
Andrea Bocelli, Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform for Pope Francis as part of the World Meeting of Families September 26. The event, which takes place every three years, will mark the first time Pope Francis visits the United States during his papacy.
"Our most important mission in this voyage of life is learning how to love, and what better way to do it than through family,” said Juanes. “I’m deeply honored to sing for Pope Francis.”
The World Meeting of Families is a triennial event that seeks to strengthen family bonds globally. In choosing who would perform at the Festival, the notion was to “bring together performers that represented the world,” said executive director Donna Crilley Farrell.
Performing for the pope has been a lofty goal for many acts through the years, particularly acts from predominantly Catholic Latin America. Those who’ve performed for popes in recent memory include Gloria Estefan (for Pope John Paul II in 1995), Argentina’s Diego Torres (In 2003 for John Paul II) and Mexico’s Lucero (also for Pope John Paul II in 1997).
Last year, Argentine Martina Sotessel, who plays Violetta in the popular music-minded Argentine soap opera, sang for Pope Francis in Rome.