Pope Francis Rocks Madison Square Garden Like No Other. 


Have you been watching the coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States?   What a moment in time – well, many moments actually. Many, many moments. 

Presently, he is in New York’s Madison Square Garden preparing for a special Mass for his flock. And it is bigger than any Billy Joel concert – and that is saying a lot!  He bumped the Piano Man from his regularly scheduled concert and more. 

Case in point: Billy Joel’s production designer and creative director of 41 years, Steve Cohen, graciously offered to build the lighting for the Pope’s Mass. And Billy Joel graciously gave him his blessing. 

This Pope has revolutionized and revitalized viewers around the world who have witnessed this grand event but, in the end, it was the Pope’s humilty and spiritual wisdom that captivated and continues to captivate everyone around the world. 

Tune in now!  To CNN. They just finished the processional to the hymn “All Creatures Of Our God And King” and the Mass will be celebrated in many languages, including Latin, English, Spanish, Italian, Gaelic, Polish and many more.  

Have you been watching the week’s Papal Events?  Please share your favorite moments with the MCL Community. 

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

6 Responses to “Pope Francis Rocks Madison Square Garden Like No Other. ”

  1. I am a lapsed Catholic, but I love Pope Francis. If this is what organized religion was about, I’d be there with bells on. I love what he stands for.

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  2. Well, I am a faithful Catholic so welcome back to the flock, Louise. He is an inspiration to all! Thanks for your comments.


  3. Thank you, Roseanne.

    Am watching coverage of Pope in Philadelphia right now and the group Fray is performing. I can’t understand most of the words.

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  4. Hi Rosanne! Thank you for the post on Pope Francis. I’ve been wanting to watch so much more of the CNN coverage than I’ve been able to. I’ve been so in awe of this man. The way he goes about things is so refreshing. What a beautiful human being! I’m a Catholic also, and we’re are so blessed to have him. I think also it’s such a testament how he touches people who are not even Catholic!

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  5. I’m not too highly religious and many of my views are more in line with the Pope than the right-wing bible-thumpers.

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  6. Fray was totally incoherent. Between this performance and Aretha, it was hard to discern who gave the most dissonant performance. I think the edge goes to Aretha.


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