Congratulations to Sister Cristina

Sister Cristina Scuccia, who became a global sensation after one appearance on Italian television in March, singing Alicia Keys’ ‘No One’, has won the 2014 edition of The Voice Italy.

 The 25 year-old Ursuline Sister of the Holy Family performed several songs during the finale, including one by her mentor J-Ax before being announced the winner.

On hearing the news, she told the audience, “I want Jesus to enter into here,” and led the crowds in praying an Our Father.

I wish to thank everyone, my sisters, all the people who have supported me at this moment.” She explained that her presence on the program was not about herself, but about “the one who is above. My ultimate gratitude is to the one on high.”

Sr Cristina who comes from Sicily, got on to the program initially through a blind audition. One by one the judges voted for her and were shocked to discover that she was a nun.

She said she was inspired to audition for ‘The Voice’ by the words of Pope Francis to get out onto the streets in his call for a Catholic Church that is closer to ordinary people and their everyday lives. She says she hopes her example “will give young people the will and strength to follow their own dreams.”

I don’t deny that I felt somewhat uneasy when reporters asked me what it feels like to be in the spotlight as a religious. I always answer that when I discovered my vocation, I found myself in the arms of Jesus, and by singing I seek to express God’s beauty.”

Regarding her future, Sister Cristina said she is leaving it in the hands of Providence. “If they send me overseas I will go. If they want me to keep singing I will do so with my kids at the oratory and I will do so with joy.”

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