I like this Pope… a lot.

In a move to gain a younger following and spread the message of the Gospel, Pope Francis has released the latest addition to his stellar discography, a progressive and pop rock album called “Wake Up”.  Album due November 27th.

I’m not even kidding, the story was also covered by Rolling Stone Magazine and Consequence of Sound

If you still don’t believe me, you can pre-order the album on iTunes.

All right, now that you believe me (relatively), we can talk about the album itself. The album’s music was composed by Don Giulio Neroni and Tony Pagliuca of the prog-rock band Le Ormeb. “Wake Up” features some of the Pope’s most moving speeches in multiple languages, such as English, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.


And surprisingly it isn’t even that bad, a pleasant listen. The single above, titled “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!”, is originally a Pope Francis speech to a South Korean audience (in English) and was  addressed last year.

“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…. No one who sleeps can sing, dance and rejoice,”

Pope Francis became the Pontiff in 2013 when Pope Benedict XVI resigned… which technically means there are two Popes now (by Vatican Law).

Choosing the name Francis due to his dedication to the poor, the Argentinian-born Pope has focused fixed relations between Cuba and the USA, helped the poor immensely, conducted reforms with regards to the child sex abuse scandal, spoken about controversial topics such as homosexuality and abortion, and even gave a speech at the UN recently.

Pope Francis Wake UpWake Up! Track List

1. “Annuntio Vobis Gaudium Magnum”
2. “Salve Regina”
3. “Laudato Si…”
4. “Por Qué 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 Fe Es Entera, No Se Licua!”
9. “Pace! Fratelli!”
10. “Per La Famiglia”
11. “Fazei O Que Ele Vos Disser”



You can add “Wake Up” to your Italian prog collection… and maybe we should create a new genre? I’m thinking Vrog for Vatican Prog. Just a thought 🙂

– Antoine Kanaan.

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