During her 25-year singing career, Israel’s Noa (Achinoam Nini), who attended SAR Academy and the Ramaz Upper School in New York City, has sung in venues around the world. The list includes Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in Manhattan, the Colosseum in Rome, the Stockholm Water Festival and sites in France, England, Spain, Brazil and Japan.
Last week she added another line to her resume — St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
As part of an international lineup during an ecumenical prayer and worship convocation under the auspices of Saint Francis, before he left for a trip through South America, Noa performed in front of a crowd estimated at 30,000. At one point she sang with tenor Andrea Bocelli, bottom right.
The theme of the gathering was “Ways of Unity and Peace — Voices of prayers for the martyrs of today and for a spiritual ecumenism.”
Noa, who three decades ago became the first Jewish woman to perform in the Vatican for a pope — John Paul II — called Francis, on her Facebook page, “an example for world leaders everywhere.
“Without the intervention of important religious leaders we will not have peace,” she said. “We can work on the political and the diplomatic level, on the social level, but it is really the religious leaders who must [each] call their constituency and tell them: ‘No more war in the name of God, no more hate in the name of God.’”