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Hear It Now: Pope Francis’s New Rock Album

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/09/15

I’m not kidding:

Pope Francis has shown he is ready to take on the religious world, now he is set to take on the music world with a progressive rock album.

Entitled Wake Up!, the 11-track album was launched at a fairly sombre ceremony within the Vatican walls – unfortunately not attended by the frontman himself. The pontiff’s foray into the music world is a selection of his public speeches, put to various styles of music ranging from pop and rock, to Latin chant. Francis’ simple, down-to-earth style served as inspiration for the album, producer and artistic director Don Giulio Neroni said. Composers Dino Doni and Toni Pagliuca hoped their arrangements would help lend support to Francis’ words. “We took into consideration Pope Francis’ speeches, speeches he made in various countries around the world, with diverse themes,” said Mr Doni.

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