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Pope Benedict is known to be deeply interested in classical music,[1] and is himself an accomplished pianist.[2] 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."[3] Benedict also stated that Mozart's music affected him greatly as a young man and "deeply penetrated his soul."[3]

Pope Benedict has recorded an album of contemporary classical music in which Benedict sings and recites prayers to the Virgin Mary.[4] The album was set for release on 30 November 2009.

Pope Benedict is also known to be fond of cats.[1] 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.[5] 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[6] in order to keep him company during his stay.[7]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pope Benedict's creature comforts
  2. |accessdate=2009-10-17
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Mozart: Catholic, Master Mason, favorite of the pope, National Catholic Reporter". Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  4. Music Album retrieved 8/02/2009
  5. Did the Aussies give the pope a cat for company? |
  6. "Pope's smitten with a kitten". 2008-07-14.,23599,24015355-421,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  7. "Pope rests with piano and cat ahead of World Youth Day". 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 

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