On New Year's Eve, Pope Francis will receive thousands of young singers from across the globe.
According to Vatican Radio, this Thursday, the Pontiff will meet with the International Federation of Pueri Cantores, whose members are gathered in Rome for its six-day 40th International Congress, which brings together youth choirs from various nations.
The choirs participating in the festival will sing in some of Rome’s most beautiful churches and basilicas during liturgical celebrations and the congress will culminate on New Year's Day when some of the its choirs will participate in the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Founded in the twentieth century, the international federation is founded on the ancient Christian conviction that singing is an instrument that can be used to worship God, to preach the Gospel and encourage spiritual and moral development.
The Congress' motto this year is “Cantate spem vestram! Sing out your hope!” and its logo is a stylized design of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican colors of yellow and white.
On the NET:
Official Website of International Federation of Pueri Cantores: http://www.puericantores.org/
Specific Information about this year's Rome Congress (Dec. 28-Jan.1): http://www.puericantores.org/roma-2015-16