Monday, February 22, 2016

Recording of Leo XIII Singing the Ave Maria

Yes, there exists a recording of Pope Leo XIII singing the Ave Maria! 

This makes him both the oldest born person to be recorded (b. 1810) and the first pope in history to have his voice recorded.

    Pope Leo XIII, born Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci to an Italian comital family, reigned as Pope from 20 February 1878 to his death in 1903. 
    Born:  March 2, 1810, Carpineto Romano, Italy 
    Died:  July 20, 1903, Vatican City 
    Successor: Pope Pius X  
    Predecessor: Pope Pius IX 
    Sibling: Giuseppe Pecci 
    Cool Facts:
  • Under Leo the Catholic Faith made great progress; during his pontificate two hundred and forty-eight episcopal orarchiepiscopal sees were created, and forty-eight vicariates or prefectures Apostolic.
  •  Historical scholars are indebted to him for the opening of the Vatican Archives(1883)
  • Civilization owes much to Leo for his stand on the social question. As early as 1878, in his encyclical on the equality of all men, he attacked the fundamental error of Socialism.

Link to the recording:
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