Churches may be in decline, but Gregorian chant beats secular competition

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The Monks of Norcia, a group of Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy. The group's new Gregorian chant CD debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s classical music chart last week (June 10, 2015). Photo by Christopher McLallen, courtesy of the Monks of Norcia

The Monks of Norcia, a group of Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy. The group's new Gregorian chant CD debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s classical music chart last week (June 10, 2015). Photo by Christopher McLallen, courtesy of the Monks of Norcia

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(RNS) A new Gregorian chant CD, "Benedicta," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s classical music chart last week (June 10). Why does chant have such a secular appeal?