It was a memorable event. What about, Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, so close to Pope Francis, in such an important event, followed by about 600 thousand young people present and millions of people on television?

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It was very emotional and I think the guys have felt the weight of this great emotion on their shoulders and also of this great honor.

They were emotional, as we were, who followed them from afar. . . very touching and emotional.

Here is the video, for those who could not follow them live.

Also nice is this video taken from another angle.

Seeing them again causes shivering in me.

Of course they could not be presented to the world, the event was the World Youth Day, not IL VOLO, but they were there, present before the Pope, emotion to the stars!

Surely this experience will always remain in their hearts.

From that position they could see a tide of young people, united by moments of prayer and truly unique contemplation, the silence was impressive.

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But the best picture is undoubtedly this …… stupendo 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca in a selfie with Sua Santità (His Holiness) Pope Francis …. incredible!

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In this photo, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca offer Pope Francis a gift of a jewel created for him.

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These videos was made by Gianluca and Piero, we see the Pope and the crowd –  really immense.


Instead, this video was made before the event.

P = This is a message for all young people like us.

G = We are honored to be here in Panama at WYD, you are so many, there are almost a million young people.

I = It will be a great emotion, also because for us it is the first time we sing for the Pope, we will sing a very special Ave Maria, we hope to be close to all the young people, with music, on this spiritual day.

P = Long live the WYD and the Pope.

G = bye

I = bye

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Yesterday during the singing tests.

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I am very happy that you all have also been able to enjoy the event live. By testing we saw that the TV2000 streaming channel was often stuck and so Pat did a search and saw that the EWTN channel was better for you.

Well, both channels worked and we did not miss a single instant of this event

Sunday, here in Italy, they sent on television, this little interview:

Presenter = Yesterday at the vigil  IL VOLO also sang, let’s see how this performance went.

P = Some time ago we had met Pope Francis in a private audience and we gave him, an AVE MARIA, a special record, just for him.

I = Surely it was a great experience of life, both for our personal lives, and also for our career.

P = This was the perfect opportunity to understand how beautiful and important it can be, to share all kinds of music.

G = We can say that it was one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives.

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It all passed very quickly, but it was an indescribable moment.

The boys were very serious, as it should be on these occasions.

They are never out of place, always appropriate to the event.

I was very proud that IL VOLO had this wonderful opportunity, it was an honor, and they certainly did not waste it.

These are the words of the boys, “If someone had told us that one day we would sing for the Pope, we would hardly have believed it . . . . Never stop chasing your dreams.”

Tell me your impressions.


Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

36 thoughts on “IL VOLO TO THE WORLD DAY OF YOUTH by Daniela”

  1. Daniela,
    Thank you so much for your translations and efforts gathering video and photos. I am able to feel closer to the emotion, the stories, and these wonderful young men with the English translations. I appreciate you!😊❤️

  2. Good morning and thank you for documenting an amazing weekend for our boys. I was able to see it live from the USA without issue. I am so thankful to be able to follow along on such a momentous occasion. Ciao e Grazie! 😁

  3. I listened to the boys on live stream! It was almost as if I was there as the picture & sound was superb! They were so respective of the importance of the event. They are such classy young men. They sounded out of this world! Their voices soared throughout the crowd with such clarity. Just absolutely beautiful….Love them.

  4. Thank you so much for all your hard work Was able to watch the whole ceremony and it
    was truly beautiful and the boys did a wonderful job

  5. Thank you so much for this beautiful sharing your writings of this truly momentous event. Surely what a rare privilege to give honor to Jesus Holy Mother Maria along with The Holy Father Francis and to be able to sing to her.❤️ Il Volo gave their best I am quite sure. It is not so easy to have a personal appearance with Holy Father……So very very special. I am quite sure that The Holy Mother we’re smiling down on them and all who were there. I know also that the boys families know the honor it is to have been chosen for this event. God Bless the youth of the world and also Il Volo. Thank you once again for your beautiful message of this momentous event.❤️🎶♥️🎵💕

    1. Certainly Rose Marie, the families of the boys will have been very proud of them.
      Thank you for your compliments

  6. Daniela thanks again for keeping us closer to the boys. By your translations I feel I am there during some of the events. This old lady is not to smart with anything technical on the computer but after search I found both EWTN and Vatican Media and got to see the boys sing.
    It is hard to explain how this one song touched me.

    1. Brava Gina you found the right channel !!
      If you who underestimate yourself, the fans of IL VOLO are all very smart !!

      This song, everyone moves.

  7. Thank you Daniela for keeping us up to date on everything. What an experience for the boys, something that they and their families will never forget I am sure. Such an accomplishment after their ten years of hard work and superb representation of their country, Italy .All of Italy should be so proud to have such ambassadors. Their voices came across so clearly and one could see the emotion they felt on such an occasion. Once again they excelled in every way !!.

    1. Marion, I share your thoughts, all of Italy should be proud of these guys …. I am very proud and a lot of people are with them, it remains the stumbling block of the press.

      1. It is jealousy and envy. Some people hate it when others succeed and only want to bring them down. However, the boys will win the press over in the end !!

  8. Many thanks for this email. I loved reading all of it and the videos were perfect. It is so kind of you to keep us all informed with translations for those of us who need it. The boys were wonderful to watch and they gave us the most beautiful song. It was moving and touching to hear them sing again live. We want them to do an American tour so much and keep hoping for news of that possibility. We’re always waiting for more news and you so generously provide it. Thank you, thank you, thank you,

    1. It was really all very moving.
      Jay and Victoria are always online, so much information will come.

  9. For such young men they are going through their bucket list with the speed of flight! Congratulations and many Blessings to you all.

  10. Beautiful post Daniela. I can ‘t even imagine how it must have felt for the guys to sing in such a setting and for those in attendance to hear such a song of beauty sung by the powerful, masterful voices of Gianluca, Pier o and Ignazio. I loved the way the guys were so close to the Pope and beautiful statue of Mary during their song. What an honor!

    1. Jane, I thought “who knows if Jane was able to see the event”, perfect that you saw it, it was really nice to see them so close to the Pope.
      Have fun in the heat!

  11. Thank you Daniela for these posts and the translations which are so helpful. I thought the vigil was very moving with the Pope and so many young people from all over the world. Ave Maria, Mater Misericordiae is a beautiful song and it was a perfect setting for Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca to sing it as Pope Francis was praying to our Blessed Mother. This really was another one of their dreams come true!

    1. Margaret, do you know what moved me, besides seeing our boys and the Pope? Feeling the almost complete silence of that immense crowd of boys. It is not true that youth can only scream and do damage, young people can also gather in silence and pray.

    1. Jill, not much has been leaked about the gift. I go to my interpretation, from what I could see is a chain with a medal depicting the Holy Spirit, I believe it is in silver, because it is known that Pope Francis has refused the necklace and the gold piscatory ring, preferring to be in silver.

  12. I am so very proud of IL VOLO.. I have long wished ever since I first heard this particular Marian hymn,that they would have the opportunity to sing for Pope Francis. It was a very special day.

  13. I am in awe.
    I have viewed these videos, over and over again.
    This wasn’t just a performance by our guys; this was an offering.
    From deep within them.
    An offering to Pope Francis.
    And an offering to The Divine.
    The audience, just as we, were/are privileged to witness this.

    Yes, indeed, our young men were very respectful. They exuded reverence.
    It says a lot about their breeding, and their inner pose.

    And Pope Francis and our guys – the rapport they have with each other, it is heartwaraming. And we are somehow included, and what a blessing for us too that is.

    Daniela, you have put together this post in beautiful symmetry.
    Like a finely-woven tapestry.

    And I would also like to offer deep thanks to our Flight Crew members.
    What a gift to be part of this uplifting community.
    Thank you.

    1. Dear Cynthia, you wrote some beautiful words, and I perfectly agree with your thoughts.
      I also thank you for the compliments, it’s really nice to be part of this site.:)
      Grazie Mille!

  14. Francis is a humble man, like his namesake. He probably wept within himself, hearing soulful Il Volo and song. Thanks very much.

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