Last month we received the rather unusual news that Pope Francis will be putting out a rock album. We got a small taste of it with the track “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!”. Now we’re getting a little more with a second single “¿Por Qué Aufren Los Ninos?” (which can be listened to below via YouTube). The album titled “Wake Up!” will be out November 27th.
The title translates to English as “Why do children suffer?”. It is a mostly string based piece with Italian singer Anna Tosato singing a hymn while a recording of a speech the Pope gave in Spanish in the Philippines plays out. It really is magnificent and epic in its own way. Stereogum goes into further detail, saying:
It’s soft and melodramatic, and maybe it will help the Pope break into that crucial Latin pop market
I am definitely curious to see what kinds of other songs the Pope has up his sleeves for “Wake Up!”. I am still kind of trying to adjust to the idea that the highest person in the Catholic church would put out something that at one point was considered the devil’s music.