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Only big stars sing for the Pope

By Nuala McKeever

If the Pope was wondering how popular he really is, then I reckon he had his answer in Scotland when he saw who they’d lined up to sing for him.

There he was, sitting smiling through gritted teeth, trying to put a brave face on it, but I bet he was thinking: ‘What did I do to deserve this, eh? Nelson Mandela gets The Spice Girls, Beyonce and Naomi Campbell. Who do I get? Susan Boyle and Michelle McManus!’

Susan sang How Great Thou Art and Michelle responded with Leave It Out, I’ve Been On A Diet.

And I don’t know if you noticed on the TV coverage, but I’m pretty sure that when His Nazi-ness, sorry, His Holiness, was leading the congregation in prayer and he came to the bit in the Our Father where it says, “ and lead us not into temptation” he looked up, clocked the two big girls and muttered under his breath: “Fat chance of that.”

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