Susan Boyle realises 'greatest dream' to sing for pope
Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle confirmed Wednesday that she would perform for Pope Benedict XVI when he visits Britain next month, saying it was her "greatest dream come true".
Boyle, who was catapulted to global stardom after appearing on a British television talent show, told Scotland's Daily Record newspaper that she would sing at an open-air mass in Glasgow on September 16.
"It is my greatest dream come true," said the 49-year-old, a devout Catholic and former church volunteer.
She will perform "I Dreamed A Dream", the song which propelled her to fame last year when a clip of her singing received more than 120 million views on YouTube, as well as the hymn "How Great Thou Art".
"To be able to sing for the pope is a great honour and something I've always dreamed of. It's indescribable," Boyle told the Daily Record.
"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."
She said the pope's four-day state visit -- which some in Britain have criticised because of the cost and the scandal over clerical child sex abuse -- was a "very big event" for Scotland's estimated 670,000 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," the singer said.
"I am humbled and honoured by this invitation and I hope I can do my best."
The pope will visit England and Scotland from September 16 to 19, taking in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Birmingham, where he will preside over the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman.
© 2010 AFP