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Patti Smith Is So Forever-Cool That She's Playing The Vatican

The 'Godmother of Punk' is set to play the annual Christmas concert.

Continuing his reign of cool moves, Pope Francis has invited Patti Smith (yes, THE Patti Smith) to perform at the Vatican's annual Christmas concert.

The concert, which is set to take place at Rome's Conciliation Auditorium on December 13, will also be broadcast live on TV in Italy. What a way to ring in the holiday!

Patti is an interesting choice for the concert. In one of her most famous lyrics from the super-brilliant classic "Gloria" off of her debut album, "Horses," she says, "Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine." Still, Patti has become something of an institution. The "Godmother of Punk" has transcended her rock & roll identity, adding "author" to her long list of talents.

This true punk-inspired concert is only the latest progressive move from Pope Francis. In recent months, the Vatican has recognized committed gay and lesbian relationships and said evolution is not in conflict with intelligent design.