During Pope Francis' historical visit the the United States, it was announced that he will be releasing a prog rock album entitled Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!
It will feature his most moving speeches in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese on the 11 tracks. He covers important issues such as environmental concerns, dignity, helping those in need, and peace.
Producer Don Guilo Neroni worked on the album with the Argentinian-born Pope. It wasn't his first time producing an album for a Pope, though.
"For many years, I've been the producer and the artistic director of albums by the Pope. I had the honor to work with John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis," Neroni tells Rolling Stone. "As in the past, for this album too, I tried to be strongly faithful to the pastoral and personality of Pope Francis: the Pope of dialogue, open doors, hospitality. For this reason, the voice of Pope Francis in Wake Up! dialogues music. And contemporary music (rock, pop, Latin etc.) dialogues with the Christian tradition of sacred hymns."
Pope Francis is vocal about his beliefs that everyone should be treated with love and respect, and now those who don't get to see or hear him speak often, get that chance.
If you need further proof that this is actually happening, pre-orders for the album are currently going on through iTunes.
The first single, "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!" is now available to stream through SoundCloud.