The Pope hosted a private concert from the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, made up of Israeli and Palestinian musicians, at his summer home in Casto Gandolfo just south of Rome. They played Beethoven and everything’s better now. (Sidebar: We’d assume the Pope to be one of the least-listened to voices in all of Israel and the wider Middle East, and we’d sort of be on to something.) Full story at the Los Angeles Times:
Pope Benedict XVI attended a classical concert Wednesday that doubled as a political event in which the leader of the Catholic Church called for peace in the Middle East. Conductor Daniel Barenboim led members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a group comprised of Israeli and Arab musicians.