Top stars, Philadelphia parishioners will sing for Pope Francis

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July 2, 2015


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PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Though thousands may be drawn to the Festival of Families Sept. 26 where Andrea Bocelli, Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing, local parish members may have the opportunity to grace the very same stage.

Each parish choir in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been asked to nominate four members to audition for possible inclusion in a 500-member archdiocesan choir that will sing at the Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sept. 27 for an expected 1.5 million people.

Invitation-only auditions are being held in July for the nominees, who must be able to sight read music, have experience singing in choral parts and get a background check and security clearance.

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