Boyle will sing for the Pope

TV talent show star Susan Boyle
will sing for Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Scotland next month

Benedict is due to visit England
and Scotland from 16-19 September.

Boyle will perform three times at
Bellahouston Park in Glasgow on Thursday, 16 September the Scottish Catholic
Media Office said. She will also sing with the 800-strong choir at the open-air
Mass there.

In the pre-Mass programme, Boyle
plans to sing the hymn “How Great Thou Art” as well as her signature
song, “I Dreamed a Dream,” the tune from the musical “Les Miserables”
that shot her to fame in April 2009.

To be able to sing for the pope is
a great honour and something I’ve always dreamed of — it’s indescribable,”
Boyle, a said in a statement. “I think the 16th of September 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.”

Boyle said her late mother was at
the same Glasgow Park when Pope John Paul II visited in 1982.

After the final hymn at the end of
the Mass, Boyle will sing a farewell song to the pope as he leaves to go to the
airport for his flight to London, the church said.

The pope’s visit will be the first
state visit to the United Kingdom by a pontiff, according to the British
Foreign Office. John Paul’s trip in 1982 was officially a pastoral visit, while
Benedict’s is considered a papal visit.