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By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online
12/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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'The Voice of Italy' rocked world with version of Madonna's 'Like a Virgin'

Sister Cristina Scuccia, whose cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" has gathered more than four million views on YouTube, has fulfilled her longtime dream of meeting Pope Francis.

Sister Cristina is slated to perform at the Vatican's Christmas concert later this week, along with American punk singer Patti Smith.

Sister Cristina is slated to perform at the Vatican's Christmas concert later this week, along with American punk singer Patti Smith.


By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online
Catholic Online (
12/11/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Sister Scuccia< Italy, Like a Virgin, Madonaa

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Meeting Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, she handed him a copy of her self-titled first album, which includes the single "Like a Virgin."

The Italian nun electrified the world with her cover version of the Madonna classic. With it, Sister Scuccia shattered stereotypes with her powerful voice and electric stage presence.

St Cecilia, patroness saint of musicians, is honored in this beautiful pendant!

Meeting the Pope was articulated in the sister's very first performance for Italy's "The Voice" last March.

When the judges asked Sister Cristina what the Vatican would think of her singing, she reportedly replied, "I hope Pope Francis will call me now."

At the Pope Francis' general audience this week, the pope responded with a big smile when she gave him her album.

Sister Cristina is slated to perform at the Vatican's Christmas concert later this week, along with American punk singer Patti Smith.

After winning the Voice of Italy singing contest, the Ursuline nun launched her first album last month, after a single also included in the album, with her version of Madonna's "Like a Virgin."

Winning the Italian edition of "The Voice" in June with a series of unadorned pop song performances, romping around the stage in a full habit.

The Italian Bishops' Conference went public with its criticism this fall when Scuccia included "Like a Virgin" on her first CD, saying it was a commercial ploy. Sister Scuccia defended her decision and said the song was "prayer-like."


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