Patti Smith Reportedly Invited to Perform at Vatican Christmas Concert

Patti Smith NOAH - H 2014
Niko Tavernise

Patti Smith NOAH - H 2014

The "godmother of punk" often weaves Catholic imagery into her work

The "godmother of punk," Patti Smith, was invited to perform at the Vatican's annual Christmas concert, the Independent reported on Friday.

Pope Francis invited Smith to perform at Rome's Conciliation Auditorium, just outside Vatican City, on Dec. 13. The concert will be broadcast live on television in Italy, the paper reported.

Smith often weaves Catholic imagery into her work, and she recorded Mercy Is for NoahDarren Aronofsky's controversial remake of the biblical story.

The lullaby is in contention for a best original song Oscar nomination.

Smith told The Hollywood Reporter in October that she had a strong Bible education as a child and then went through a period of rebelling against religion. (Her song "Gloria" starts with the famous line "Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine.") Now she loves the story of Noah and Bible-themed films.

Read more Patti Smith on Her Musical Roots and First Shot at an Oscar With 'Noah' Song