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Susan Boyle to sing for the Pope

By on Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Susan Boyle says her faith is the 'backbone' of her life (Photo: Scottish Catholic Media Office)

Susan Boyle says her faith is the 'backbone' of her life (Photo: Scottish Catholic Media Office)

Susan Boyle will sing for crowds at Bellahouston Park as they wait for Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate Mass, it was confirmed today.

The Britain’s Got Talent star will sing the hymn “How great thou art” as well as her signature song “I Dreamed a Dream” before the Mass starts at about 5.15pm.

Following a hymn at the end of the Mass, she will sing a farewell song to Pope Benedict as he leaves the park to travel to Glasgow Airport for his flight to London.

During the Mass she will be singing James MacMillan’s new setting along with a choir of 800 and an orchestra including an organ, timpani and brass.

The singer, who became a YouTube sensation after performing “I Dreamed a Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent, said singing for the Pope was “her greatest dream come true” and that she was “honoured and humbled” by the invitation.

She will be singing alongside Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus. In between the performances the crowd will have a chance to rehearse the new Mass setting composed by James MacMIllan.

Miss Boyle said: “To be able to sing for the Pope is a great honour and something I’ve always dreamed of – it’s indescribable. I think September 16 will stand out in my memory as something I’ve always wanted to do, 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.”

Miss Boyle said she had been asked by Cardinal Keith O’Brien to perform at the event.

“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,” she said.

Speaking of her late mother, she said: “I know she won’t be there physically, but she was at Bellahouston Park in 1982 and I know she will be there again, spiritually, she will be with us.”

Miss Boyle said that her own faith was the “backbone” of her life.

She said: “The Pope’s visit is a very big event for Scottish Catholics… I pray and say the rosary each day and am very close to my religion. I am humbled and honoured by this invitation and I hope I can do my best.”

Cardinal O’Brien 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.”

  • leon

    i hope the herald is going to print the words of full in the panting heart of rome for us all to sing, in 1982 the coventry mass was prepared for with o mother blest , i still have the very handsome mass booklet which included a portrait of cardinal newman

  • Billybob

    Why is she doing this? Because she's the best singer we've got? Hardly.

  • Rob

    “Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.” — Organizers had the sense, at least, not to include the song within the liturgy itself, but I question whether it has any place at all within the program.

  • David Armitage

    Does she get a cut of the entry fee?

  • David Armitage

    What about an encore “Fai aith of our Fathers”. I love the child martyrs' line “How sweet would be their children's fa ate,
    If they like them could die for the ee
    Good ecumenical Al Qaida stuff, encouraging suicide bombers of all faiths.

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  • Jhamiltonukuk

    complete rubbish singing for the pope crap

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