Music from the Vatican - Alma Mater CD Giveaway


Alma Mater-  Online CoverJust in time for Christmas, this week we are offering you the opportunity to win one of five copies of the CD Music from the Vatican – Alma Mater featuring the the voice of Pope Benedict XVI.  Here’s some information about this great CD:

Alma Mater is a stirring and highly emotional collection of eight original pieces of modern classical music. The release is a true event, marking the very first time that the Voice of Pope Benedict XVI has been captured on disc, speaking and singing in Latin, Italian, Portuguese, French and German, thanks to the audio recordings of Vatican Radio.  Proceeds from the album sales will be used to provide music education for underprivileged children around the world.

The album will feature His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, reciting and singing passages and prayers, accompanied by The Choir of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome, conducted by Monsignor Pablo Colino, Maestro Emeritus of St. Peter’s Basilica and recorded in St Peter’s Basilica. The world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays on all of the specially commissioned contemporary tracks, and was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road studios in London.

Simon Boswell, Stefano Mainetti and Nour Eddine are the three contemporary composers who have contributed the eight specially commissioned pieces of music for Alma Mater.   Vincent Messina, producer of Alma Mater, commented, “These three composers are world class and my first choices for the album.  A happy co-incidence is that Stefano is Catholic, Simon is ‘undeclared’ and Nour Eddine is Muslim, thus perfectly representing our aim to produce an album that has universal appeal to all of those who love beautiful music.”   Collectively, the trio of writers boasts an impressive resume of film scores, TV series and stage productions from around the world.

The CD is now available for purchase through Ignatius Press.  Additionally, if you would like to share this wonderful music with others, why not consider sending a lovely Alma Mater e-card here?  You can also download two songs from the CD by visiting this website.

To enter to win this contest, you must leave a comment on this post with a valid email address (which won’t be published or shared) before Midnight PST on December 22, 2009.  I’ll draw five random winners and announce the winners when the contest has ended.

Update: Our lucky winners are Carmella (#10), Kayla (#37), Christine (#23), Susan (#34) and Shelly (#5). Your prizes will be sent soon.  Take a look at our other contests for more great chances to win!


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. What a wonderful contest. I’ve been trying to educate my young children about the Pope so this would be a perfect way to introduce him to them through audio. 🙂

  2. This would be a wonderful addition to my just-beginning collection of Catholic music Lisa. Thanks for doing this!

  3. This would be beautiful for my mother to listen to during her retirement years. Keep up the excellent website, podcast, and free stuff, Lisa!!

  4. Planning on giving this cd as a Christmas gift, but would love to have one for my family, too! Thanks for the chance!

  5. This seems like a beautiful CD and I would be grateful if I won. This type of music is food for my soul. God Bless.

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