The Cathedral Choir of Perth will join the Sistine Chapel Choir and an American choir to sing during the morning Mass for the canonisation of Chinese, Spanish, American and Sudanese saints.
    The choir of 23 boys, ranging in age from 8 to 18, and seven men is travelling from Perth to Europe as a Holy Year pilgrimage. They will be the first Australian choir to sing at a public Vatican ceremony.
    While in Rome, the choir will sing at the Basilica of St. Mary Major (Sept. 28), the St. Callistus catacombs (Sept. 29), and the pontifical parish of St. Anne in the Vatican (Sept. 30).
    Choir Director Fr Timothy Deeter, told the Zenit news agency: "We asked permission to sing during one of the weekday evening Masses celebrated in St Peter's Basilica. After securing a date, we were informed that the office in charge of visiting choirs had double-booked, and there were no other dates available. So we pulled a few strings, and Australian Cardinal Cassidy's secretary was good enough to persuade the office to find some way for our boys and men to sing."
    Zenit (available soon)
22 Sep 00

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