Radio show honors landmark papal exhibit debuting at Xavier

Two-hour WVXU tribute blends pope's voice with music from around the world | May 12, 2005

WVXU is airing a tribute to the landmark exhibit “A Blessing To One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” on Wednesday, May 18, from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Titled “Blessing,” the two-hour program is the work of award-winning WVXU music director Lee Hay. It blends Pope John Paul II’s voice with local voices and music from the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, the Choir of Trinity College, Master Chorale of Washington Chamber Singers, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and others, and is being carried by all stations in the XStar radio network.

Hay has devoted more than 100 hours to assembling the program, and says the research was particularly rewarding. “Pope John Paul II was an extraordinary man,” she says. “His work with all the peoples of the world was—inspiring is not even a good word. He was an amazing person. His work was such an example for all of us.”

“A Blessing to One Another” is a first-of-its-kind exhibition documenting the late pontiff’s lifelong relationship with the Jewish people and his contributions to relations between the Catholic and Jewish faiths. It runs from May 19-July 15 at the Xavier University art gallery in the A.B. Cohen Center. The exhibition is a collaboration of Xavier University, Hillel Jewish Student Center of Cincinnati and the Shtetl Foundation of New York in partnership with the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center of Washington, D.C.