Courtesy of The New Zealand Herald
Pope Benedict XVI will release an album on which he sings and recites prayers to the Virgin Mary, his label said today. [Papa Benny has a label?! Grammy subito? Hah, wishful thinking.]
The pope is accompanied by the Choir of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome, recorded in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. The original compositions are performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded at London's Abbey Road studios.
The album was not a Vatican initiative but was arranged with Multimedia San Paolo, an Italian Catholic media group. Proceeds will go to fund music education for underprivileged children around the world.
The album is due for release on Nov. 30.
Benedict is not the first pope to have his creative efforts captured on record. Last year tenor Placido Domingo recorded an album of poems by the late Pope John Paul II.
Can't wait. My brother bought a casette tape of John Paul II praying the rosary. Yeah, it's a casette tape and don't laugh if it is not a CD. He saved a lot just to buy the casette. And yes, CDs cost a fortune in the Philippines.