SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) -- Renowned South Korean soprano Jo Sumi will perform during a Mass to be led by Pope Francis in the country next week, her management agency said Wednesday.
Jo was invited to sing a few tracks from her latest album during the Mass to be held in the central city of Daejeon on Aug. 15 to mark the Assumption Day, Universal Music Korea said.
Assumption Day is a major Catholic feast that commemorates the death of the Virgin Mary and her bodily assumption into heaven.
"I have always admired Pope Francis for his humbleness and honesty and believe his message will provide help to the people struggling with many difficulties around the world," the 53-year-old diva who is a Catholic was quoted as saying by her agency. "I'm happy to be able to sing before the pope and see him close-up together with many other Koreans."
The pope is scheduled to visit South Korea from Aug. 14-18 to celebrate a gathering of Catholic youths in Asia and for a ceremony to beatify 124 Korean Catholic martyrs.
"Only Bach," Jo's fourth solo album, was released in April with Deutsche Grammophon.
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