A CD of songs, prayers and music featuring Pope Benedict XVI will hit stores just in time for Christmas, the Vatican reported in late July. Released on the Geffen UK label, the album features a track in which the pope sings a Marian prayer and another in which he recites litanies in Italian, Portuguese, French and German. Entitled Alma Mater, the CD will be released on November 30, with a portion of profits going to children's charities. Pope Benedict's songs and prayers were taken from the archives of Vatican Radio and mixed to modern classical music; thus the pontiff had no direct relationship with the record label, a Vatican spokesperson reported.
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