Pope Benedict XVI to Release Music Album

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Pope Benedict XVI has just signed a record deal that will utilize the same recording studio that the Beatles used in the 1960s.

The pontiff will release an album called "Alma Mater." On the album, he sings and recites prayers to the Virgin Mary. The album also includes eight original pieces of contemporary classical music performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios used by the Beatles between 1962 and 1969.
    
Proceeds will go to fund music education for underprivileged children around the world.

"I think it could reach people that are not Catholic, maybe not Christian," said Geffen general manager Ricardo Fernandez. "There is an African composer, as I mentioned before, and also it might be appealing to people who are into classical music."

The record will be mastered in August, then sent to the pope for approval. 
    
And if approved, the album is due for release on November 30.

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