NEW YORK (AP) — A soundtrack ranging from Mozart to “Motownphilly” has been created by a Notre Dame professor for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the United States.
The streaming music service Spotify reached out to Tim O’Malley, director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, for his Pope playlist. O’Malley responded with 53 songs for three-and-a-half hours of music.
Many of the songs are hymns and psalms that will be sung at liturgies Pope Francis will preside over staring Tuesday when he arrives in Washington D.C.
But there are also tunes that reference his U.S. destinations: Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia,” Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind.”
Pope Francis’ U.S. visit runs Tuesday through Sunday, with stops in Washington, Philadelphia and New York.