POPE Francis is expected to make his first visit to Scotland to sign a charter against extremism.
The leader of the Catholic leader is understood to be a surprise addition to an event at St Andrews University in September.
It would be his first visit to the UK in three years.
Leaders from different religions, diplomatic and community leaders will all gather in the Fife town to sign a 10-point declaration calling on all faiths to unite against radicalsation.
It already has the support of Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.
The Pope has spoken out against the terrorist groups who brainwash vulnerable young people and draw them into extremist networks.
The Vatican has yet to confirm he will attend the event, but said the visit is “under consideration”.