NEW YORK — 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.


MCINTIRE, Iowa — An Iowa farmer who was running unopposed for his local school board failed to earn any votes — not even his own — but he’ll probably still get the job.

Randy Richardson, 42, didn’t find time to vote for himself between his full-time maintenance job at a bean processing plant in Riceville and his chores on his farm near McIntire.

Riceville is a farming community of around 500 residents near the Minnesota border. The school board district Richardson was running for is also home to a number of Amish and Mennonite farmers who typically don’t vote.

School board president Karl Fox, who also farms, said the timing of last week’s vote was unfortunate because it’s a busy time of year for fieldwork.


SALEM, N.H. — People will flock to a site in New Hampshire on Wednesday’s autumnal equinox, where they’ll watch the sun rise or fall over massive chunks of granite and decide whether they’re standing amid ancient history or pure hooey.

This is “America’s Stonehenge,” a weird grouping of rock configurations named for the mysterious formation on England’s Salisbury Plain. Believers say it’s a thousand or more years old while skeptics maintain it was built by a 19th century shoemaker.

Owner Dennis Stone says testing shows the site is as old as 4,000 years, built by Native Americans or perhaps ancient Europeans who arrived millennia before Columbus.

Researchers believe it was more likely a homestead built starting in 1823 and so drastically modified since then that its true origin may never be known.

— From wire service reports