VATICAN CITY, NOV. 21, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone addressed the suffering of children with the universal language of music — hosting a concert in solidarity with all young people who do not have the medical care they need.
The Pope’s secretary of state sponsored “La Luce Dei Bambini” (The Light of the Children) concert on Tuesday in Paul VI Hall, thus marking the U.N. Universal Children’s Day.
The concert raised money to provide the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome with a specialized digital angiograph machine, valued at nearly €2 million ($2.96 million), for children affected with congenital heart problems.
The doctors of the hospital are committed especially to children’s medical care provided through humanitarian missions around the world. Echoing the caregivers’ universal mission, project organizers desired to transform a summons to solidarity into a universal language, that of music.
The concert was directed by well-known film score composer Ennio Morricone. The Portuguese artist Dulce Pontes also performed.
More than 100 children handed out white Ecuadorian roses to symbolize the purity and innocence of children, entrusted to the world of adults.
Words of Cardinal Bertone were on the program: “To whom will we entrust our future? What world does even just one child deserve? Something very profound is at stake, that is, how do we understand, in the final analysis, human beings: as an unlimited egoism or as a bestowed freedom that calls to a communion of love and the liberty of sharing.
“The Christian faith convinces us that our world has not been irretrievably won by a hostility toward life.”
And even though the “culture of egoism” advances, the cardinal wrote, “there exists also those who welcome children joyfully, blessing heaven and smiling at each gift of God. There are those who also open their heart and welcome children marked by pain and handicaps and become a family to them: These are the deeds of this time, they are the flowers of our age.”