Belfast Telegraph

Bocelli may sing for Pope at Croker but Sheeran ruled out

By Sarah MacDonald

One of the world's most popular tenors, Andrea Bocelli, is being tipped to perform for Pope Francis in Dublin's Croke Park on the evening of August 25.

Informed sources say negotiations are ongoing to secure the popular singer who has performed for Pope Francis a number of times in recent years.

Pop star Ed Sheeran, along with homegrown group The Script, were both considered by organisers of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF)as possible acts for the Festival of Families in Croke Park.

But although sources said both were named in the early stages of the event's organisation, neither made it onto the shortlist.

"Ed Sheeran, The Script, Andrea Bocelli and Finbar Furey were all listed by organisers as possible acts for the Festival of Families in Croke Park in the early stages of brainstorming," a source said.

The WMOF2018 spokeswoman said the headline acts for the Festival of Families "are not at this stage ready to be announced as a lot still have to be confirmed".

The Croke Park acts have been described by the WMOF2018 spokeswoman as having "an extraordinary ordinariness".

"We want people to leave uplifted by the music and the presence of the Pope and the prayerful atmosphere," she explained.

Opera singer Bocelli first performed for Pope John Paul II in 1994 after he returned to his Catholic faith.

He has since performed for Pope Francis on a number of occasions, most recently in the Vatican in August last year with a group of Haitian children for whom the Andrea Bocelli Foundation is helping provide educational opportunities.

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