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Pope to release album


Britney, Beyonce and the Black Eyed Peas could be having an unusual buddy in the charts soon - Pope Benedict XVI.

It's been announced that the Pope, the head of the Catholic Church, is set to release an album featuring him singing and reading prayers.

Record label Geffen said people would be "shocked" by his "incredible voice".

His album, called Alma Mater, features him speaking in five languages and is due to be released on 30 November, just in time for Christmas.

It's not the first time a Pope has released a record.

In 1982, John Paul II reached number 71 in the charts with The Pilgrim Pope, and, in 1994, his recording of The Rosary peaked at number 50.