Pope Francis: “Wake Up!” Album Review

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Winner: Sara Babbs

In Wake Up!, a soon to be released Vatican approved pop-rock Latin  infused compilation, we encounter Pope Francis’ words in a new but charismatic way. With songs produced and directed by Father Giulio Neroni, we are beckoned to listen attentively to Francis’ homilies and prayers spoken in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese. Quite often conveyed in his native tongue, we are awakened to the concerns of poverty, the environment and peace then called to action, accompaniment and communion.

How refreshing it is to hear the ease and the passion in which Pope Francis speaks of these essential principles of Catholic social justice. His personality and conviction truly shine in this CD, amid the joyful cheers of those gathered.  No doubt his message is challenging, but I believe it has and will continue to inspire countless faithful, young and old alike, to reassess the need to witness and serve.

This CD in partnership with Believe Digital features a booklet with song lyrics and translated prayers and homilies to better enable the listener to follow along.  My personal favorites are 5. “Non Lasciatevi Rubare La Speranza!” (Do not Be Stealing the Hope)  5. “La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!” (The Church is Not an NGO) 8. “La Fa Es Entera, No Se Licua!”  (The Faith is whole, not watered down) It was my definite pleasure to review this album and I hope that it will be a blessing to you as well.
Wake Up! Tracks  To Preorder CD: Believe Digital

1. “Annuntio Vobis Gadium Mangum” Vatican City on 13 March 2013
2. “Salve Regina” De Janiero, Brazil July 25 and Cagliari Italy on 22 September 2013
3. “Cuidar el Planeda (Laudato Si)  Rome, Italy on 20 November 2014
4. “Poe Que’ Sufren Los Ninos” Manila, Philippines, on 18 January 2015
5. “Non Lasciatevi Rubare La Speranza!” Vatican City on 7 June 2013
6. “La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 25 July 2013
7. “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” Asian Youth Day South Korea 17 August 2014
8. “La Fa Es Entera, No Se Licua!” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 25 July 2013
9. “Pace! Fratelli!” Vatican City on 8 June 2014
10. “Per La Famiglia” Vatican City on 27 October 2013
11. “Fazei O Que Ele Vos Disser” Vatican City on 31 May 2013

 

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