A Catholic nun has become an overnight pop sensation after stunning the jury of Italy’s “The Voice” television talent show with her version of the Alicia Keys song “No One.”

Sister Christina Scuccia, a 25-year-old Sicilian, bopped about on the stage in her black habit and a large cross necklace on last night’s show, sparking wild cheers from the audience and stunned reactions from the four judges.

The nun, who has an easy smile and is a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, said: “I came here because I have a gift, and I want to share that gift.” One of the judges, Italian rapper J-Ax, said he was “moved to tears.”

She said she had been inspired to go on the show by Pope Francis, who “told us to come out” of our convents and spread the word of God. Asked by judge Raffaella Carra what the Vatican thinks about her going on a talent show, she quipped: “I’m waiting for a call from the Pope.” — AFP