Gwen Performing at the Vatican for Pope Francis Dec. 5

Photo courtesy of Emily Berl for The New York Times

Broadway World is reporting that Gwen alongside famed violinist Tim Fain and Jon Bon Jovi have the honor of performing at the Vatican for Pope Francis on December 5. The article doesn’t share too many details on the performance but says this of Fain’s appearance.

The performance is a celebration inspired by Pope Francis. The Laudato Si’ Challenge is a global intitiave that encourages innovative solutions for the world’s boldest challenges while inspiring a movement toward caring for our common home and serving our brothers and sisters. — Broadway World

We feel extremely thrilled for Gwen and can’t imagine how excited and honored herself and her family must feel for this opportunity.

4 thoughts on “Gwen Performing at the Vatican for Pope Francis Dec. 5

    1. Based on the event itinerary (see my post below), I’m guessing both Gwen and Jon might have enough time to perform a mini-set each, maybe a handful of songs, to close the night. It’s December, so Rome will be in full holiday mode, so I reckon she wouldn’t be remiss including a few holiday tunes. I agree that “Ave Maria” would be a stretch. You need serious operatic chops to pull that off, and in truth very few pop/rock singers have that level of elite classical training, so no knock on Gwen. If she needed something solemn and weighty to fit the occasion, I think she could perhaps perform something like “Silent Night” (not included in the Christmas Special, but present on the rehearsal set-list) and the most hymnal/”churchy” of the originals on the new album, “Christmas Eve” (in the Chelsea interview, she says she called her mom to play her the song, and wondered if she had accidentally lifted the melody from church =).

  1. Here’s more info about the event (the “Laudato Si’ Challenge Demo Day at the Vatican”, which ends with a “8:00–10:30 PM ‘Celebrating Our Future Dinner’
    Featuring Award Ceremony & Live Music Performances”):

    The itinerary for the day is as follows:

    3:00 – 4:00 PM
    Arrive at The Vatican
    Please bring passport I.D. for Vatican security
    (your personal arrival time will be e-mailed to you shortly)
    4:00 – 5:00 PM
    Registration and Mingle
    Reception at Lobby of Paul VI Audience Hall
    Ushered into Synod Hall for program
    5:00 – 7:00 PM
    Demo Day Program
    Program featuring Cardinal Turkson, Live Music
    & the 9 Laudato Si’ Challenge company presentations
    7:00 – 8:00 PM
    Guests will be transferred to the Celebrating Our Future dinner
    8:00 – 10:30 PM
    Celebrating Our Future Dinner
    Featuring Award Ceremony & Live Music Performances

    I would assume the violinist Tim Fain will perform during the 5-7 pm time slot, where it notes “live music” (and perhaps during dinner itself), and that Gwen & Jon will close the night after the awards ceremony (short 20-30 min. set for each artist?).

    In other news, Gwen will be appearing and performing on The TODAY Show, NBC, on the morning of Nov 20. I’m sure Jenny will provide us full details once NBC makes an official announcement. Speaking of official announcements, the Christmas Special is set to air on NBC on Dec 12, 9 pm ET/PT.

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