Talent show sensation Susan Boyle is set to fulfill her biggest dream yet –- she’ll be singing for the pope.
The Scottish spinister-turned-international singing star is also a Catholic and will perform “I Dreamed A Dream,” the Les Miserables hit that made her a YouTube star around the globe last year. Susan will also sing the hymn “How Great Thou Art” as well as perform with an 800-strong choir while Pope Benedict XVI performs open-air Mass in Glasgow on Sept. 16.
Susan, 49, is ecstatic at being asked to perform during the holy occasion.
“To be able to sing for the Pope is a great honor and something I’ve always dreamed of – it’s indescribable,” Boyle said speaking from her home in Scotland on Wednesday. “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.”
She added: “The Pope’s visit is a very big event for Scottish 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. I am humbled and honoured by this invitation and I hope I can do my best.”
Speaking of her late mother’s attendance at the previous Pope’s trip to Glasgow, Susan 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.”
The Pope is due to meet Queen Elizabeth in Edinburgh on Sept. 16. He will then travel to Glasgow for Mass before heading to London and Birmingham for the remainder of his three-day visit.