CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 8 December 2018

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Not just a piano man

HONG KONG (SE): During a recital at the conclusion of his talk with priests and religious at St. Paul’s Convent School on May 14, Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri showed that he is a lot more than just a piano man.
 
Doffing his zucchetto and waistband, then tucking his crucifix into his soutane, he sat at the ivories and gave renditions of Chopin, Puccini, Debussy, Mozart and several other composers with all the aplomb of a concert pianist.
 
From Lucca in Italy, as a child he was blessed with an exceptional voice and did studio recordings, later studying for a baccalaureate in Gregorian Chant and then under the master, Enzo Borlenghi, at the Conservatorium of Music in Lucca.
 
He has recorded CDs and DVDs, graciously distributing a few to each of the congregations represented at the afternoon talk.
 
Ordained in 1963 for the archdiocese of Pisa, he entered the diplomatic service of the Vatican 10 years later, taking assignments in Guatemala and El Salvador, then Japan, Brazil, Paraguay, France and Zimbabwe.
 
He became the apostolic nuncio to Haiti in 1992, then moving to Paraguay, India and Nepal, and finally Brazil. It was then back to Rome as secretary of the College of Cardinals and in 2013, he took up his current job as the secretary general to the Synod of Bishops.

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