Pope to Cut Album for Charity

Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful during the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. AP

A new album coming out of Abbey Road studios may be a first: it features the pope praying as well as singing.

Geffen/Universal says Pope Benedict's album will include eight original pieces of contemporary classical music. The pontiff will sing and recite prayers to the Virgin Mary.

Benedict will be accompanied by the Choir of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome, as recorded in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. The original compositions are performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded at London's Abbey Road.

Proceeds from the as-yet-untitled album will help fund music education for underprivileged children around the world.

It's due for release on Nov. 30.
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