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Sunday 22 July 2018

'I wasn't asked to sing for Pope but I would' - Shane

Shane MacGowan would agree if he was asked to play
Shane MacGowan would agree if he was asked to play

Shane MacGowan has denied rumours he has been asked to sing at the papal Mass this August.

But The Pogues legend said he would jump at the opportunity to sing for Pope Francis.

"I haven't been approached as of yet but if I was, yeah, I would probably accept," he said.

The 60-year-old singer said that he is "religious in the broader sense of the word".

Asked which song he might consider singing if he was to play at the Mass, he paused before suggesting "probably something like Danny Boy".

As to his opinion of Pope Francis, he said: "I think he is an unusually good Pope, meaning it's good for a Pope to be unusually good."

Yesterday, singer songwriter Declan O'Rourke revealed he had turned down an invitation to perform for the Pope at Croke Park on moral grounds over the Catholic Church's clerical abuse scandals.

Legendary

The 42-year-old Irish performer said he was invited by organisers of the World Meeting of Families 2018 to perform at the Festival of Families alongside MacGowan and legendary folk singer Finbar Furey.

The trio had reportedly been asked by organisers of the event to perform MacGowan's iconic Rainy Night In Soho as part of the Catholic Church's celebration of family life.

But speaking to RTE's Joe Duffy on his Liveline programme, Mr O'Rourke said he declined on moral grounds.

"That was a bit shocking," he said of receiving the invitation to perform at the event.

"I had a bit of a moral dilemma to say the least. I mean, I'm not a religious person," he said.

"No disrespect to anyone else's beliefs, but you know, I feel the Catholic Church is responsible for so much suffering in this country."

Organisers of the World Meeting of Families 2018 were not available for comment.

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