Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church

2010: The Holy Father Benedict XVI, in an extraordinary gesture, decided to elevate him to cardinal, the first time in history for a Maestro of the Sistine Chapel to such an office, thus expressing the Church’s gratitude and recognition of a life dedicated entirely to religious music in service to Peter’s successors.


For the first time in history a musician and Maestro of the Sistine Chapel joined the College of Cardinals.

The Mass with the new Cardinals
and the delivery of the ring

The Mass with the new Cardinals
and the delivery of the ring

Accipe anulum de manu Petri et noveris dilectione Principis Apostolorum dilectionem tuam erga Ecclesiam roborari

Accipe anulum de manu Petri et noveris dilectione Principis Apostolorum dilectionem tuam erga Ecclesiam roborari

The Audience of the Pope with the new Cardinals

Coat of arms

Psallam Deo meo (I will sing to my God): words chosen by the Cardinal from Psalm 146 in a coat of arms full of symbolism relating to his Florentine origins, his name, religious music, and the Truth of God’s Word.

Possession of the Deaconry of the Most Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Via Lata

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