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Al Kresta: Susan Boyle to Sing for Pope

June 10, 2010
Susan Boyle, who achieved worldwide fame in 2009 on a British reality television show, will likely sing at a papal Mass during Pope Benedict’s September visit to the United Kingdom, according to a spokesman for the Church in Scotland. “Negotiations are still under way, but we expect Susan Boyle to perform as part of the papal Mass at Bellahouston Park” in Glasgow, the spokesman said.

Ms. Boyle, a Catholic, said last month that she has a deep devotion to St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio).
In April church leaders said they wanted Ms Boyle, who would be a “great asset” to the events planned for the Pontiff’s visit in September, to sing in Glasgow.

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. Pope Benedict XVI will visit between September 16 and 19.

He will be received by the Queen, who is Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on September 16.

Yesterday it was confirmed an open mass would be held at Bellahouston Park.

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