Italian nun is world singing sensation after stunning TV debut

An Italian nun has become a worldwide pop sensation after a stunning singing performance on a television variety show.

Sr Cristina Scuccia, a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, wowed judges on the Italian version of the TV show “The Voice”.

Her audition has gone viral, with more than 3 million views on YouTube.

Clad in her black habit, Sr Christina performed a punchy rendition of Alicia Keys’ “No One”.

It brought forth wild cheers from the audience and moved one judge, Italian rapper J-Ax, to tears.

Answering a question from one judge, Sr Cristina assured the panel she is a real nun.

The audience gave her a standing ovation.

The 25-year-old native of the Sicily attended the auditions accompanied by her parents, and four sisters from her community

As her performance soared, her fellow sisters could not contain their excitement, cheering, clapping and jumping.

“I came here because I have a gift and I want to share that gift. I am here to evangelise,” Sr Christina said.

Asked what the Vatican would make of her performance, Sr Christina said: “I don’t know. I’m expecting a telephone call from Pope Francis, certainly.”

“Because he exhorts us to go out, to evangelise, to say that God does not take from us, but rather gives us more,” she continued.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, tweeted his admiration for Sr Cristina’s performance.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others (1 Peter 4:10),” the cardinal posted on Twitter.

Last year, Sr Cristina won a Christian music competition as part of the Good News Festival.

Then she explained that she had found her vocation while playing a nun in a musical.




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