Source: Vatican Radio
"Certainly the encounter with modernity and the introduction of vernacular tongues into the Liturgy stirred up many problems: of musical languages, forms and genres," the Pope said. "Sometimes a certain mediocrity, superficiality and banality have prevailed, to the detriment of the beauty and intensity of liturgical celebrations."
The Holy Father encouraged everyone involved in the field of liturgical music - from composers, conductors, musicians and choristers, to liturgical animators - to do their best to contribute to the renewal of sacred music and liturgical chant, especially as far as the quality of sacred music is concerned.
"To facilitate this process we need to promote proper musical education, especially for those who are preparing to become priests - in dialogue with the musical trends of our time, with the demands of the different cultural areas, and with an ecumenical attitude," he concluded.