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Pope Benedict is known to be deeply interested in classical music, and is himself an accomplished pianist. He has a grand piano in his papal quarters. The Pontiff's favorite composer is Mozart, of whose music the Pope said: "His music is by no means just entertainment; it contains the whole tragedy of human existence." Benedict also stated that Mozart's music affected him greatly as a young man and "deeply penetrated his soul."
Pope Benedict has recorded an album of contemporary classical music in which Benedict sings and recites prayers to the Virgin Mary. The album was set for release on 30 November 2009.
Pope Benedict is also known to be fond of cats. As Cardinal Ratzinger he was known to look after stray cats in Rome. A book called "Joseph and Chico: A Cat Recounts the Life of Pope Benedict XVI" was published in 2007 which told the story of the Pope's life from the feline Chico's perspective. This story was inspired by a real orange tabby Pentling cat, which belonged to the family next door. During his trip to Australia for World Youth Day in 2008 the media reported that festival organizers lent the Pope a grey cat called Bella in order to keep him company during his stay.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Pope Benedict's creature comforts
- ↑ Infoplease.com |accessdate=2009-10-17
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Mozart: Catholic, Master Mason, favorite of the pope, National Catholic Reporter". Findarticles.com. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1141/is_38_42/ai_n26705248. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- ↑ Music Album retrieved 8/02/2009
- ↑ Did the Aussies give the pope a cat for company? |publisher=ap.google.com
- ↑ "Pope's smitten with a kitten". News.com.au. 2008-07-14. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24015355-421,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- ↑ "Pope rests with piano and cat ahead of World Youth Day". Afp.google.com. 2008-07-13. http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iCVZy8nzclwYUHEVtFpVM7LOLY8w. Retrieved 2009-05-06.