With today’s news of Pope Benedict XVI resigning I want to look back at this Libera memory. It was during the Pope’s visit to the United States in 2009 that Libera got to perform there, during a special Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York. A massive achievement for a group of boys from South London!
I was already familiar with Libera when I saw this, but I was not a fan yet. Somehow the turning point came during one of my viewings of this performance.
You will notice they are squinting their eyes – apparently this was because of the bright stadium lights. Another anecdote about this performance is that they had to catch a plane soon after, leaving no time to change back into their normal clothes, so they boarded in their full white robes!
During the broadcast of the Pope’s visit to Lebanon last year, the Vatican put Libera music in the background. Maybe someone remembered their angelic voices from 2009. Maybe Benedict himself is a fan! Let’s hope the new Pope will keep the Libera connection intact.
A piece of fan art I made: