A singing nun clinched the final of The Voice of Italy television talent show contest after winning millions of followers with her lively dance act and soulful renditions of lusty pop classics. Wearing her black habit and a crucifix around her neck, Sister Cristina Scuccia (pictured) punched the air and thanked God for her victory, reciting an “Our Father” prayer to the puzzlement of organisers and audience. Sister Cristina said she was following Pope Francis’s appeals to bring the Catholic Church closer to ordinary people and was not shy about her newfound success.
I want Jesus to come in here! My presence here is not up to me, it’s thanks to the man upstairs!
—Sister Cristina, after winning the show
Sister Cristina, a reformed rebel who used to sing in a band and now lives with fellow nuns in Milan, has won a record contract with Universal but she hinted she might shun a full rock’n’roll career. She said she was once distant from religion but was inspired to be a nun when she auditioned for a part in a musical about the founder of the Ursuline Order, Saint Angela Merici.
I will go back to my priorities; prayer, waking up early in the morning, school service..That’s fundamental for me to be able to begin something new later on.
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