Members of the Italian rock group The Sun address the plenary meeting of the Pontifical Council for Culture in Rome Feb. 6.
When the head of the Pontifical Council for Culture said he wanted to listen to what today's young people had to say, he wasn't afraid to hear it belted out at 100 decibels.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi invited members of the Italian rock group, The Sun, to speak their minds through music to the cardinals, bishops, lay members and advisers of the council, as well as to a large contingent of foot-stomping, cheering young fans.
The band's 30-year-old lead lyricist and singer, Francesco Lorenzi, confessed that despite being used to playing stadiums with tens of thousands in the audience, knowing "we'd be playing for cardinals, bishops, ambassadors and journalists, we didn't get any sleep last night."
If the culture council was going to discuss Emerging Youth Cultures for their plenary at the Vatican Feb. 6-9, then what better way to get a feel for the subject than by inviting young people in, Ravasi said.
"We adults, older generations, and we priests have to make an effort to not put (young people) under a sort of microscope, but go to their level and begin to listen a little to what the rhythm of their mind, their heart is like," Ravasi told Vatican Radio.