Habemus Papam!! We have a Pope!! Congratulations to Pope Francis, the new Bishop of Rome and spiritual leader of over a billion Catholics worldwide.
In honor of Cardinal Bergoglio’s selection as Pontiff, we are posting a selection from Palestrina‘s Missa Papae Marcelli, his mass in honor of Pope Marcellus II. This mass has been used for many papal coronations, most recently for Paul VI in 1963, and is regarded as Palestrina’s greatest mass setting. Enjoy the beautiful polyphony of the Pro Cantione Antiqua in this critically hailed recording.