New Pontifical Master of Ceremonies

Some of you wrote me today to ask about this notice from the daily bulletin:

Nomina di Cerimoniere Pontificio

Il Sacerdote Ján Dubina è stato nominato Cerimoniere Pontificio.

Yes, Fr. Ján Dubina has been named a pontifical master of ceremonies. No, Guido Marini has not been replaced. He remains the Maestro delle Celebrazioni Liturgiche Pontificie. And now Ján Dubina has moved upward a bit to be one of several cerimonieri Pontificii under him. That’s all.

But this is new: the Sistine Choir no longer belongs to the Ufficio delle Celebrazioni, but belongs once again to the Casa Apostolica as private choir of the pope. This is why Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Prefect of the Papal Household, presented the CD of the Sistine Choir last month. This CD is the fruit of something historic – the first time the Vatican has ever opened the doors of the iconic Sistine Chapel for a studio recording with the Sistine Chapel Choir.


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