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Hear Pope Francis’ Somber New Song ‘Por Que Sufren los Ninos?’

Pontiff’s newest ‘Wake Up’ single focuses on impoverished children

Pope Francis doesn’t release his prog rock-infused Wake Up! – a collection of his most enduring speeches paired with contemporary music – until November 27th. But on Friday, the Pontiff shared a second track from the album: the somber, choir-backed “¿Por Qué Sufren los Niños?” The track’s title translates to “Why do children suffer?,” and on the piece, Pope Francis delivers a heartbreaking speech in Spanish about impoverished children to the Sports Field of St. Thomas University in Manila, Philippines.

“Why do children suffer? Only when our hearts can ask this question and weep, can we begin to understand. There is a worldly compassion which is completely useless,” the Pope says on the track. “Can I weep when I see a child who is hungry, on drugs and on the street, homeless, abandoned, mistreated or exploited as a slave by society? Or is my weeping the self-centered whining of those who weep because they want to have something else?”

“¿Por Qué Sufren los Niños?” also features vocal flourishes courtesy of Academia Ars Canendi, Compagnia Aquero. Those who pre-order Wake Up! will also receive instant downloads of the new single as well as the introductory track “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!”

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