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Susan Boyle to sing at Papal Mass

Susan Boyle is to perform for the Pope during his visit to Britain next month.

She will perform as part of the pontiff's open air celebration of mass in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on September 16, a spokesman for the singer said.

The 49-year-old, from Blackburn in West Lothian, is expected to perform three songs, including her smash hit I Dreamed A Dream, which catapulted her to fame on Britain's Got Talent.

She told the Daily Record newspaper the invitation to sing before Benedict XVI was "my greatest dream come true".

She said: "To be able to sing for the Pope is a great honour and something I have always dreamed of. It's indescribable. I've always wanted to sing for His Holiness and I can't really put into words my happiness that this wish has come true at last. I am humbled and honoured by this invitation and I hope I can do my best."

A spokesman for Ms Boyle said: "This is correct. It is a religious event, not a concert."

The singer is to perform three times at Bellahouston Park, as well as singing with the 800 strong choir, the Roman Catholic Church said. She will sing the hymn How Great Thou Art and will also sing a farewell song to Pope Benedict as he leaves the park to travel to Glasgow Airport for his flight to London and the continuation of his four day British visit.

She said: "The Pope's visit is a very big event for Scottish Catholics. My own faith is the backbone of my life, I pray and say the rosary each day and am very close to my religion. My family will be there on the day on what will be a very special day for all of us and I hope they will be proud of me."

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland said: "I am delighted that Susan will be able to perform for the Pope, I think it is wonderful that she will have this once in a lifetime opportunity and as her Bishop I am hugely proud of her."

It will be the first Papal visit to Britain since 1982, when Pope John Paul II's six-day tour drew huge crowds. It will also be the first official Papal visit to Britain. The 1982 trip was a pastoral one.


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