Susan Boyle’s dream has come true. Pope Benedict XVI had a front row seat this morning for her performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream.’ She also sang ‘How Great Thou Art’ and The Prayer of St. Francis, also known familiarly as ‘Make Me A Channel of Your Peace.” The occasion was the Pope’s visit to Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park where he presided over an outdoor Mass for an estimated 65,000 pilgrims. The Mass also included a choir of 800 singers. Susan described singing for the Pope as “beyond her wildest dreams.”
A huge cheer went up from the throng when the Britain’s Got Talent star took to the stage before the Pope’s arrival. She wore a long black coat and heels, and sang the song from the hit musical Les Miserable which catapulted her to fame just a year ago. Susan is scheduled to perform three times at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, including the Papal Mass.
I was extremely disappointed when watching the two-hour Mass on EWTN that the sponsors did not see fit to extend the program to include Susan Boyle’s performance following the Mass. I was only able to imagine it through the mass media presentations over the Internet.
Susan Boyle’s home is in Blackburn in West Lothian, Scotland which is about 20 miles west of Edinburgh. She has lived there all of her 49 years, although it has recently been reported that she bought a new five-bedroom home in her hometown for 300,000 pounds.
In the first state visit to Britain by a Pope, Pope Benedict met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron during his four-day tour. The Queen, who is the supreme governor of the Church of England, will host the Pope at her official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The theme of their visit is relations between Christian churches and other major faiths. Pope John Paul II visited Britain in 1982 in what was not an official state visit.
Christians the world over are waiting to hear what transpired in the historical talks between Benedict and Queen Elizabeth. One article I read some time ago indicated that Queen Elizabeth is anxious to restore privileges to Catholic royalty that has been denied them for centuries. Perhaps the talks will touch on this topic.
EWTN TV – Pope Benedict XVI: Journey to England and Scotland