It was a sister act. 25-year old Catholic nun, Cristina Scuccia, wowed the judges and fans on The Voice Italy this week.
She enters the stage as if drunk with the Holy Spirit. She wears a black habit and a silver cross is hanging on her neck. The intro begins. A few seconds later, the woman belts out the first few lines of Alicia Keys' "No One."
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The crowd stands up, cheering loudly. The judges, who were facing the opposite side of the stage could only wonder who the woman is. When the four judges of Italy's "The Voice" - Raffaella Carra, J-Ax, Noemi, and Piero Pelu - each pressed the button that would turn their chair up front, they were all shocked.
In front of them is a 25-year old Catholic nun named Cristina Scuccia.
When asked if she is a real nun, Scuccia replied, "Yes, I am truly, truly, a sister." Sister Cristina is a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family. She told the judges that she came to the show together with four other sisters and her parents.
“I came here because I have a gift, and I want to share that gift. I am here to evangelize,” she said.
The judges praised her for her energy and performance. One judge, Italian rapper J-Ax, alluded the nun saying, "If I had found you at Mass I would always be in church."
Sister Cristina eventually picked the rapper whose real name is Alessandro Aleotti. She picked Aleotti because she promised to pick the first one who will turn around.
"You and me are like the devil and holy water," Aleotti told Sister Cristina.
The Vatican was also supportive to the Ursuline nun. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican's culture minister, tweeted, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others (1 Peter 4:10)."
Sister Cristina Scuccia trended on Twitter and her YouTube video amassed over 3 million views.