Pope Francis to Release Rock Album ‘Wake Up!’

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Nonstop pope makes big impression on New Yorkers.

From the United Nations to the Sept. 11 memorial to Central Park to Madison Square Garden — and everywhere in between — there was no escaping Pope Francis this week in New York City.As Pope Francis embarks on his historic visit to the United States, His Holiness will spread his message of hope, faith and unity in the form of a prog-rock-infused album titled Wake Up! this November.The security surrounding Pope Francis on his U.S. trip has been extraordinarily tight, particularly for a pontiff who prizes interacting with everyday people.

The leader of the Roman Catholic church took over the home of the New York Knicks, Liberty and Rangers on Friday and transformed the sports shrine into a holy hall. “In big cities, beneath the roar of traffic, beneath the rapid pace of change, so many faces pass by unnoticed because they have no right to be there, no right to be part of the city,” Francis continued. “They are the foreigners, their children who go without school, those deprived of medical insurance, the homeless, the forgotten elderly.” “Knowing that Jesus still walks our streets, that he is vitally a part of the lives of his people, that he is involved with us in a vast history of salvation, fills us with hope,” he said. The Vatican-approved LP, a collaboration with Believe Digital, features the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant. Back in 1979, one of Francis’ popular predecessors, Pope John Paul, got the rock star treatment at MSG when he attended a youth rally for 20,000 kids. He drew huge, adoring crowds while also managing to connect one-on-one with countless New Yorkers, despite extraordinarily tight security that closed off many streets and kept most spectators behind police barricades. “As he passed by, you passed a cool, refreshing peace, as if he were spreading a huge blanket of peace through the crowd,” Ruth Smart of Brooklyn said of the procession in Central Park. “Even though the crowd exploded in a roar, it was pure joy.” On Saturday morning, he flies to Philadelphia for a big Vatican-sponsored rally for Catholic families. MSG, as it’s also known, is built over Penn station, a railway hub for millions, and is host to basketball, ice hockey, boxing and music; a venue which has woven Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Elton John into the story of the city.

Federico Lombardi says it’s clear that “the pope, personally, does not like a lot of security around him,” but it’s up to any host country to determine what it needs to do to keep him safe. Here’s a look at varied impressions made by the nonstop pope on his frantic two-day visit: A few hours before Francis arrived at Kennedy Airport, Iluminada Gubatan received word that she and her ailing 27-year-old son, Garard, would be among about 200 people allowed to greet the pope on the tarmac. As Friday’s Mass came to a close with a sustained and thunderous roar of applause, the toll of the long day seemed evident as an exhausted Francis walked with assistance down the stairs of the altar. Francis did a quick ride-through on a white golf cart, waving and shaking as many hands as he could. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” said Dennis Hogan of Staten Island, who had been waiting with his wife Judy since 11:30 a.m. when the line to get in was three blocks long. In his speech at the U.N., the pope decried the destruction of the environment through a “selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity.” He declared the environment itself has rights, and that mankind has no authority to abuse them, presenting his environmental mantra live before world leaders in hopes of spurring concrete commitments at the upcoming climate-change negotiations in Paris.

Francis’ speech, delivered in his native Spanish, received repeated rounds of applause from an audience that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousefzai, the young Pakistani activist shot and gravely wounded by the Taliban. Forward!” finds Pope Francis addressing a South Korean audience in English last year amid atmospheric synths, trumpeting horns and skyscraping electric guitars reminiscent of Godspeed You! Paul Kelaher, 61, who lives upstate in Clifton Park, called Francis a “unique guy” and said he had a more common touch than his predecessor Pope Benedict. “I think he’s more open-minded than other Popes, in his own way more progressive,” he said. “We went from a guy who was wearing Gucci to a guy in a Fiat.” And they shopped at the concession stands where Pope-themed merchandise, including Swarovski crystal Rosary beads for $175, “Official Papal NYC 2015” baseball hats for $25, and commemorative Christmas ornaments for $30, were on sale.

Black Emperor. “Wake up / Wake up,” Pope Francis says on the track. “The Lord speaks of a responsibility that the Lord gives you / It is a duty to be vigilant / Not to allow the pressures, the temptations and the sins to dull our sensibility of the beauty of holiness.” Later on the moving track, the Pope tells his audience, “No one who sleeps can sing, dance and rejoice,” as he urges them to wake up and go. After praying before the waterfall pools that mark the spot where the twin towers once stood, Francis met with relatives of the 3,000 victims whose names are inscribed on the water’s edge. “This is where loved ones lost their lives … and this is the way we are going to honor them by having someone who is holy, closest to God, Pope Francis, come here and bless this site,” Iken-Murphy said. “I couldn’t be prouder to share this memorial and museum with him.” Francis’ afternoon schedule reflected the penchant of the “people’s pope” for engaging with the public, starting with a visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, set amid public housing in the heavily Hispanic neighborhood of East Harlem. Francis urged the congregation to emulate Jesus and “go out and meet the people where they really are, not where we think they should be”, and to experience a peace born of accepting others. “God is living in our cities,” he said. “The church is living in our cities.

What followed was a show called “A Journey in Faith” that featured other performers like singers Kelli O’Hara, James (D-Train) Williams and Norm Lewis. On Wake Up!, Pope Francis speaks to the listener in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese over 11 tracks to address issues like peace, dignity, environmental concerns and helping those most in need. Jennifer Hudson belted out “Hallelujah.” Harry Connick Jr. did a jazzy version of “How Great Thou Art.” Then the Broadway Inspirational Voices, a Grammy-nominated gospel choir, and the St.

For the album, the Pope’s powerful messages were placed in the musical hands of Wake Up!’s producer and artistic director Don Giulio Neroni. “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.

The pope — who says he hasn’t watched TV in decades and doesn’t know how to work a computer — even got a lesson in how to use a touchscreen from fourth-grader Kayla Osborne, age 8. He struck an equally lofty, ambitious vision when telling the UN general assembly that the environment should enjoy the same rights and protections as humanity – and implored the assembled world leaders to act, not just talk.

Lombardi says that’s normal, in the sense that the 78-year-old pontiff “was not running” when he was elected in 2013 and has regular physiotherapy that can’t happen during long trips. He quickly lightened his load as he sold off pope lanyards and Vatican flags for $10 each, with a “Welcome to America” pin with a picture of the pope’s face on it thrown in for free. And contemporary music (rock, pop, Latin etc.) dialogues with the Christian tradition of sacred hymns.” Musician Tony Pagliuca, who composed several Wake Up! songs including “Wake Up! Francis waved, grinned, high-fived, blessed and posed for photos with children in soccer jerseys who presented him, a football-lover, with a signed ball.

The cards were designed to provide official government-issued photo identification for all city residents, especially those who have difficulty obtaining other forms of identification. It is beautiful to have dreams and to be able to fight for them.” From Harlem Francis headed toward Central Park, where he smiled as he rode slowly in his open-sided Jeep past a cheering, shrieking crowd and a sea of arms holding cellphones aloft. He asked someone in the crowd to sing to him. “Who’s the boldest?” Two women obliged, beautifully. “The Pope of the Poor is very much at home here,” observed father Manuel Dorantes. Berry, 64, was born into a Baptist home, but decided to convert to Catholicism when she was 13 after her family moved from the racially divided South to New York City, where she could sit as a young black woman wherever she wanted at the movie theater.

Putting my music in the service of the words and the voice of Pope Francis has been a fantastic experience and a very interesting artistic challenge.” The Argentinean-born Pope Francis, the first Pope born outside of Europe, has reignited a Catholic base and inspired millions outside his own religious denomination with his selfless, unifying messages that encourage climate change protection, assistance for the homeless and his hope for equality for all, even in the case of hot-button issues like same-sex marriage and immigration. Although his U.N. remarks on the environment and the economy carried a message many liberals welcomed, Francis also affirmed church doctrine on abortion and sexuality.

He’s a very important person, and he’s talking to important people about issues.” Ruth Smart dressed in all white to see the pope’s motorcade pass through Central Park. “I’m in white because it’s clean and pure,” she said. “I was hoping the pope might see me.” The respiratory therapist from Brooklyn was part of a crowd of 80,000 who greeted the pontiff with a thunderous roar as his Jeep popemobile passed by. It’s Pope Francis’ belief that every person should be treated with love and respect, a message that has made him universally loved after critics chastised the Catholic Church for alienating its base and the world outside the Vatican with hardened views. Pope Francis is praising big cities for their diversity and culture but is warning that they can also make their people feel they don’t belong, shunning them and treating them like second-class citizens. Afterward, she rested under a blanket, also white, as the crowd dispersed. “The crowd had an intensity, but it was a peaceful intensity,” she said. “There were no negative vibes, so I didn’t mind getting squished.

Speaking to Congress Thursday, Pope Francis asked the leaders of the most powerful and wealthiest nation to mend the “open wounds” of a planet ripped apart by hate, poverty, weapons and climate change. “I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship, a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost,” the Pope told Congress. “At the same time, I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. She said she normally avoided crowds but made an exception for a pope who had highlighted nuns’ work and softened the Vatican’s line on social issues. “We’re lucky to have him here. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Kacey Musgraves ended her two-night stint at Nashville’s hallowed Ryman Auditorium with a glittery, mirror-balled show that featured songs from both of her acclaimed albums, 2013’s Same Trailer Different Park and this year’s Pageant Material.

So we’re going to have a nice cup of tea.” A more serious gripe was security – helicopters, boats and phalanxes of uniformed police officers and secret agents keeping people away from the popemobile. “Understood that #Pope is not happy with the overbearing security on this trip which requires people to be at events hours beforehand,” tweeted Christopher Lamb, a journalist who covers the Vatican for Catholic newspaper the Tablet. The set was decorated with shimmering red tinsel and the singer’s five band members were decked out in pink Western wear (with lighted piping) and cowboy hats, with a disco ball spinning overhead. Unholy cries of “holy Mary” and “Jesus Christ” filled the air. “Why is everything blocked off if he isn’t even outside?” cried one woman. Francis stood and waved to the crowd surging against barricades as the vehicle made its roughly 15-minute trip, flanked by police vehicles and officers on foot. And the encore yielded a zippy take on Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” at which point Musgraves’ pink cowgirl boots lit up and Americana hero Buddy Miller appeared onstage to deliver some blazing electric guitar with her band, which also included a string section. (During Musgraves’ Wednesday-night performance, Sheryl Crow sat in.) It was Musgraves’ own exemplary songwriting, however, that elevated the evening.

Eighteen-year-old Ariel Mejia (meh-HEE’-ah), of Honduras, gave Francis the ball, then gave him a demonstration: He headed it and asked the pope what his favorite team was. Highlights included a chill-inducing solo version of her breakthrough hit, “Merry Go Round,” the anthemic “Follow Your Arrow” and the touching “It Is What It Is,” all from her award-winning debut LP. During a performance of her latest album’s title track, “Pageant Material,” a fan gifted Musgraves with a pink sash reading “Ryman Material,” a gesture she clearly appreciated, judging by her repeatedly asking the fan if she could actually keep it. “Good Ol’ Boys,” the should-have-been-a-bigger-hit “Biscuits” and current single “Dime Store Cowgirl” also represented Pageant Material. She also gave her band a chance to show off skills other than their musicianship in the “talent portion” of the evening, which included juggling and mimicking a dog bark.

Francis told Congress on Thursday that King’s dream “continues to inspire us all.” The pontiff was looking at projects that students from various schools had prepared for his visit. The Country & Western Rhinestone Revue continues this weekend in Mineola, Texas, with an event aptly dubbed the “Hometown Hang” — Musgraves was born in the nearby community of Golden. It was one of a series of church closings that the Archdiocese of New York said were spurred by dwindling congregations, demographic changes and a scarcity of priests. Manuel Dorantes, an assistant to the Vatican spokesman, says the pope chose to come to the school partly because it represents a mixed Latino-black community. About a dozen religious leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, Greek Orthodox, Hindu and other faiths will sit in chairs behind the pope as he speaks at the interfaith ceremony.

In a speech to the General Assembly, Francis offered conservatives a lot to cheer: He called for a respect for all life and called for recognition of what he called the “natural difference between man and woman” — a reference to the Vatican’s opposition to gender theory. While others are at home in palaces with the famous, the secretary-general said the pope is at home among the poor and forgotten and with young people in selfies.

He arrived a bit early for his scheduled speech before the international body and stood in a corridor outside, chatting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Speaking to about 400 staffers in the lobby of the U.N.’s New York headquarters, the pope praised the contributions of everyone from officials to cooks, fieldworkers to maintenance workers. He encouraged them all to “be close to one another, respect one another” and embody the U.N.’s ideals of a united human family working for peace and in peace.

It’s called “The Golden Rule” and bears the famous words: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Vatican has said Francis is expected to discuss the need for peace, the plight of refugees and the role of poverty and bad government in driving conflict and migration.

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