London - The voice of Pope Benedict XVI is to feature on an album of religious chants, prayers and classical music to be released later this year in time for Christmas, a British-based record company said Friday. The German-born Pope, 82, will be heard speaking and singing in Latin, Italian, Portuguese, French and German, according to record label Geffen UK/Universal.
The album, to be released with the Pope's blessing on November 30, will feature a blend of Lauretan Litanies and Marian popular chants with eight original pieces of modern classical music. It will feature Pope Benedict reciting and singing passages and prayers, accompanied by the Choir of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome, and recorded in St Peter's Basilica in Rome. Britain's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is recording the contemporary classical compositions at London's Abbey Road studios, of Beatles' fame. The Pope will not be travelling to Britain for the recording.
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