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Of course: Pope Francis to release progressive-pop album September 25, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disconcerting, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, huh?, Papa, pr stunts, silliness.

Knock me over with a feather:

As Pope Francis embarks on his historic visit to the United States, His Holiness will spread his message of hope, faith and unity in the form of a prog-rock-infused album titled Wake Up! this November. The Vatican-approved LP, a collaboration with Believe Digital, features the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant. Wake Up! arrives November 27th, with the iTunes pre-order now available with an instant download of “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!,” which Rolling Stone is proud to premiere.

You can go there to try to listen to it.  It only played for me for less than a minute before crashing my browser.

Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” finds Pope Francis addressing a South Korean audience in English last year amid atmospheric synths, trumpeting horns and skyscraping electric guitars reminiscent of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. “Wake up / Wake up,” Pope Francis says on the track. “The Lord speaks of a responsibility that the Lord gives you / It is a duty to be vigilant / Not to allow the pressures, the temptations and the sins to dull our sensibility of the beauty of holiness.” Later on the moving track, the Pope tells his audience, “No one who sleeps can sing, dance and rejoice,” as he urges them to wake up and go.

Wake Up! Track List

1. “Annuntio Vobis Gadium Mangum”
2. “Salve Regina”
3. “Laudato Sie…”
4. “Poe Que’ Sufren Los Ninos”
5. “Non Lasciatevi Rubare La Speranza!”
6. “La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!”
7. “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!”
8. “La Fa Es Entera, No Se Licua!”
9. “Pace! Fratelli!”
10. “Per La Famiglia”
11. “Fazei O Que Ele Vos Disser”

All of the tracks are supposed to be heavy on the synth-pop.  Great.  I wonder if there’s one of those horrible voice synthesizers in the mix, too

A little more seriously, US News notes that Pope Francis used language surprisingly similar to Obama’s in decrying so-called religious extremism.


Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.

Pope Francis:

Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocities, committed even in the name of God and of religion. We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind.

Especially those terrible, awful, fundamentalist trads.  Everybody hates them.

You guys have a blessed weekend.


1. Baseballmom - September 25, 2015

Yeah…. Thanks loads for leaving us with that little ditty…. Awesome… Just awesome….you have a blessed weekend too 😀

2. Obsever - September 26, 2015

Francis and Obama, both singing from the same song sheet, but who is writing the songs and music?

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