When a Miami girls’ choir performed at Easter Sunday Mass in the Vatican, there was a special guest on hand: Pope Francis.
The choir from the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove was the only choral group from South Florida to sing for the new pope in St. Peter’s Square during his tenure’s first Easter Mass, which was held outdoors.
Forty-one high school-age singers donned long black gowns and shawls for the Mass attended by an estimated 250,000 people.
Jeanne Rouco-Conesa — whose daughter, Camila Conesa, performed for the newly elected pontiff with the Carrollton choir alongside the Sistine Chapel Choir — thought the trip to the Vatican was “an amazing experience.”
“We were very blessed to have shared this special Easter Mass with what seems to be a very special pope,” Rouco-Conesa told The Miami Herald by email. “He inspires much hope in me and my husband and children.”
More than 60 family members of the Carrollton choir singers joined the girls for their musical tour of Italy.
They will perform through Wednesday at Masses in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome and again at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.