Rock legend Patti Smith, the “Godmother of Punk,” will join 17 other artists performing at the Vatican’s annual Christmas concert Dec. 13, the Vatican’s press office announced.
The concert, at Conciliation Auditorium in Rome, will be shown live on television.
The London Independent reported Friday that Smith met and shook hands with the “very interesting” Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square last spring.
Smith, whose work often involves Catholic imagery, recorded the lullaby for Darren Aronofsky’s controversial biblical remake “Noah,” the paper said, and has spoken about how the Bible is “very resonant” today.
“It has everything — creation, betrayal, lust, poetry, prophecy, sacrifice,” Smith told The Independent in April. “It doesn’t really matter what religion you are or if you have no religion, those stories are still relevant to what people go through in their lives and they’re also beautifully written passages.”
The concert also will feature singing nun Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won “The Voice” in Italy and covered Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” for her first single, and French DJ Bob Sinclar.