This seems to be a trend with the New Media: the Pope's gotta sing.
First it started with JPII's Abba Pater, which turned out surprisingly good and was received well. Since nothing succeeds like success, some thought a follow up was in order.
[SMH] Pope Benedict has agreed to a deal with a record company to release a CD of him singing in the Vatican.
The album will feature the pontiff singing litanies and chants in honour of the Virgin Mary, as well as reciting prayers in Latin, Italian, Portuguese, French and German.
The recordings were made in St Peter’s Basilica and the Pope was accompanied by the choir of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome.
Tracks will be blended with modern classical recordings by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and released as a CD on November 30 by Universal’s Geffen label.