Rockin' Pope to release actual rock 'n' roll album


Figuratively, Pope Francis is the most rock 'n' roll Pope, having wailed such badass decrees as calling unfettered capitalism "the new tyranny" and opting to dine with the homeless instead of Congress. He's ostensibly a freegan Joe Strummer. 

The punk-rock holder of the papacy literally cranked amps to 11 (we imagine) earlier today when he announced plans for — we shit you not — a rock album titled Wake Up!, almost certainly a nod to his Arcade Fire influence. 

Due November 27, the record will feature Francis spitting his cold-ass teachings in English, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese over soaring electric guitars and blasting horns. Can this guy get any cooler? Here's a prog-rock-y taste of the 11-track LP, the urgently titled single "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!" 

A collab with Bernie Sanders, the presidential hopeful with a ridiculous folk-rock past, seems almost inevitable. 

"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," Don Giulio Neroni, the producer of Wake Up!, 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. For this reason, the voice of Pope Francis in Wake Up! dialogues music. And contemporary music (rock, pop, Latin etc.) dialogues with the Christian tradition of sacred hymns."

Pope Francis is currently fending off groupies during his historic six-day tour of the U.S. Wake Up! is available for pre-order on iTunes; a portion of the proceeds will benefit refugees.