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Meet the Pope's personal Music Choir

These young voices join the Pope in all of his liturgical ceremonies. They're the official choir of the Sistine Chapel, and for more than 15 centuries, they've added music and harmonies to Vatican celebrations.   MSGR. MASSIMO PALOMBELLA Director, Pontifical Musical Choir for the Sistine Chapel "They're the Pope's personal choir. It's been here throughout history, in all the Papal celebrations. So it's a very unique  choir, because of past and the prestige.â?     The choir dates back to the 6th Century, when Pope Gregory Magnus, created the choir, so it could be a part of the Mass.     Now  it includes about 23 adults and 40 children.  However, joining is not exactly easy.   MSGR. MASSIMO PALOMBELLA Director, Pontifical Musical Choir for the Sistine Chapel "Each year there are more than 600 candidates, but we only take 12 kids for one particular class. They do an entire year of prep school where they learn vocal techniques that they will later put into practice.â? The 'Pueri Cantores' have a long-standing tradition, expanding centuries, of using music to convey faith. It's another piece of the cultural and spiritual patrimony of the Catholic Church.     AFP/RCA MG/CTV VM -PR Up: KLH