Listen to the voice of a Pope born 200 years ago...

Pope Leo XIII was born on Friday, 2nd March 1810 - his name was Count Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci. He was recorded reciting the Ave Maria in February 1903, in Rome. It is the earliest recording of the voice of a Pope, and and you can listen to it here.

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Leo XIII died five months later. He was the first Pope to be born in the nineteenth century, and the first to die in the twentieth.
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Thank you to Jimmy Anderson.