November 29, 2010

Twenty cantors from U.S. Reformed Jewish congregations filled an ancient Roman basilica with the melodies of Psalms and other Scriptures in an attempt to share their heritage with a Catholic audience.

The cantors, who are considered clergy in the Reformed tradition, belong to the American Conference of Cantors and were in Rome Nov. 14-18 for the concert, meetings with Vatican officials and discussions with local Catholics.

Claire Franco, a cantor in New York state, said, "We're here to send the message that music has the power to bridge different cultures and religions."