Call for Boyle to sing for Pope
Published 25/04/2010 | 17:47
Church leaders have said they want TV talent show star Susan Boyle to sing for the Pope during his visit to Britain.
Boyle was catapulted from obscurity to global fame after appearing on last year's Britain's Got Talent contest on ITV1.
A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland said the singer would be a "great asset" to the events planned for the Pontiff's visit in September.
The spokesman said it was hoped a meeting could be held to discuss the Scottish singer's involvement in the public mass scheduled for Bellahouston Park in Glasgow during the Papal visit.
The Catholic Church in Scotland spokesman said: "She certainly would be a great asset to the programme on the day and we hope to be able to discuss the possibility of her participation soon."
The spokesman said there was no confirmed agreement with the singer so far and no formal invitation or approach had been made to the star.
It will be the first Papal visit to Britain since 1982, when Pope John Paul II's six-day tour drew huge crowds.
In a historic move, it will also be the first ever official Papal visit to Britain. The 1982 trip was a pastoral one.
Pope Benedict XVI will make his 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. His itinerary will also include an address at Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament and the beatification of the 19th century Roman Catholic convert Cardinal John Henry Newman at an open air Mass at Coventry Airport.