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'Father Ted's Father Dougal responds to Pope campaign

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Father Dougal has responded to calls for him to be the next Pope.

The Father Ted character has emerged from hiding on Craggy Island after 15 years to back the Facebook campaign calling for his appointment to lead the Roman Catholic Church.

Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O'Hanlon) from 'Father Ted' as the new Pope

Father Dougal McGuire as the Pope



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"This is great! Obviously very excited. Had no idea I was in the running, to be honest," said Dougal.

"If I am made Pope the first thing I will do is make Sunday a recognised day of worship. Hurray!"

The Facebook fan page has amassed over 16,000 likes since its creation last month.

The community calls for the controversial appointment "because nobody else could concentrate so hard on looking so holy than Father Dougal McGuire himself".



Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement last month, becoming the first man to voluntarily leave the position in 600 years.

A total of 115 cardinal-electors have today (March 12) entered the Sistine Chapel to vote for the new Pope, and will vote four times daily until two-thirds agree on a candidate.

Father Ted series 1, 2 and 3 were re-released on DVD yesterday.

Father Ted DVD series 1, 2 and 3 new illustrated covers by Tony Millionaire

'Father Ted' DVD series 1, 2 and 3



Extras on the discs include new commentaries and interviews with Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews, Tedfest 2007: A Very Ted Weekend and Tedfest 2007: Two tribes go to war.

Also included is a commentary with Graham Linehan and Ardal O'Hanlon, Comedy Connections, Comic Relief with Ted and Dougal, and Channel 4's 30 Greatest Comedy Shows, on which Father Ted was placed first.

Each series has brand new individually-designed bespoke illustrated packaging by cartoonist Tony Millionaire.

Father Ted was last year named Digital Spy readers' funniest ever Channel 4 show, beating The Inbetweeners into second place.

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