Oscar winning Composer writes Music honoring Pope Francis - Listen!

Ennio Morricone the award-winning movie composer,  wrote a new Mass dedicated to the Jesuit Order and named  - Pope Francis on June 10.  This was upon a request from the rector of the Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesu, the mother church of the Jesuit order, to write a Mass for the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Jesuit order. He also wrote the music for the film ‘The Mission,’ which is the story of the Jesuits in South America.  This is on the AFI’s list of 25 Best Film Scores of all time. In addition, Morricone wrote the score for “Karol: a Man Who Became Pope” in 2006.  Plus music for The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in America, and Django Unchained. Morricone recieved a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2007, five other Oscar nominations, two Golden Globe Awards, three Grammy Awards, and others.  The music for the Mass was performed during a June 10 performance at the Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesu in Rome. Morricone conducted members of the Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta and two choirs from the Accademia Santa Cecilia and the Rome Opera Theater. The Jesuits, formerly the Society of Jesus was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola and approved by Pope Paul III in 1540 and  June 7, is their anniversary day.  Morricone utilized modality of Gregorian music in the setting.