Thy will be done…even on The Voice!

Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia’s success in The Voice certainly breaks stereotypes, including,
nun = spinster (to borrow from Pope Francis’ message to some 800 women religious representing International Union of Superiors General (UISG in May 2013)

 

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ROME — Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia’s landslide victory on The Voice of Italy last night wasn’t as big a surprise as much as what she did with her winner’s platform.

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She thanked everyone on the talent show for their help and support, but left her highest praise for God.

“My final and most important thanks go to the one who is up there,” she said to applause.

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She said her presence on The Voice wasn’t to walk away a winner or a music star, but to show people a different kind of victory:

“My dream is to recite the Our Father together, maybe we can all hold each other’s hands and pray. I want Jesus to come right here inside!”

It left most people perplexed and unsure, but Sister Cristina was in charge, telling the band to strike up a soft melody to set the mood.

Half-joking, the MC said…

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Temptation of Sr. Cristina

Sr Cristina Scuccia Facebook photo of the 25 year-old Ursuline nun from Italy whose world changed radically after she sang in The Voice of Italy March 19.

Sr Cristina Scuccia Facebook photo of the 25 year-old Ursuline nun from Italy whose world changed radically after she sang in The Voice of Italy March 19.

 

By now you must know Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old Sicilian who appeared in her habit, veil and chunky shoes on the Italian version of The Voice reality tv show.

She has become an instant star, with her audition racking up more than 3m views on YouTube, The Guardian reported

Some people cheer Sr. Cristina, a few wrote “hate, hate, hate…” and how they were “appalled” by the nun’s behavior.

I confess to being amused to watch Sr. Cristina’s video. Unlike many online commentators, however, I wasn’t stunned. For one thing, it is common for me to watch nuns singing into a microphone. Okay – not onstage in competition singing Alicia Keys in rockstar style, literally, that is. What’s the connection between spirituality and celebrity?

Professor Thomas Sebastian, an academic based in Birmingham, UK reflects on this question in India Matters’ March 28 issue