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A 3-minute game for your Christmas party

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Dec 24, 2012

Here’s a little Christmas present, together with a suggestion:

Go to this web site, and enjoy an old recording of the Ave Maria, by Blessed John Paul II.

Then cue up the Youtube video for your family and/or friends. Don’t let them see the video or hear the introduction. Challenge them to name the performer. Tell them it’s someone famous—a voice they’ve heard—but not someone known as a singer.

Amazing. Is there anything he did not do well?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Dec. 24, 2012 4:03 PM ET USA

    The guesses at my house included Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza, and Jose Carreras. There was general astonishment when I revealed the pope's identity. It strikes me that he and Benedict would have made just as dynamic a duo on Broadway as they did in the Vatican!