Music: Wurlitzer for St. Peter's

In Rome last week, Holy Year pilgrims visiting St. Peter's were startled to hear organ music grumbling up through gratings in the marble floor. One awed pilgrim exclaimed: "It comes right from the tomb of St. Peter."

The pilgrim's guess was close: the music came from the upper grottoes of the Vatican, just above the site where Roman Catholic historians believe St. Peter was buried. It issued from a brand new Wurlitzer electronic organ—the first to be installed in St. Peter's.

It had taken the Congregation of Rites a long time to make up its mind...

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