ONE of the most popular tenors in the world, Andrea Bocelli, is being lined up to perform for Pope Francis in Croke Park when he visits Ireland this summer.
According to the Irish Independent, talks are underway to secure the famous opera singer as a special guest for the event scheduled for August 25.
Bocelli has performed for Pope Francis a number of times in recent years.
He most recently performed for the Pope in August of last year at the Vatican, where Pope Francis told him: “You have something inside with the power to move others, I don’t know if you know it.”
Ed Sheeran, The Script and Finbar Furey were all rumoured to make the lineup to perform for the pontiff, but it looks as though Bocelli will be announced as the first act.
Brenda Drumm, a spokesperson for the World Meeting of Families said that the lineup for the event is “not at this stage ready to be announced as a lot still have to be confirmed".
Bocelli lost his sight following a football accident which caused a brain haemorrhage when he was just 12.
Tickets for the Croke Park event are free but only available for those who book to attend three days of the Pastoral Congress in the RDS.