Entertainment / Religion

Italian singer nun beats Psy on YouTube

With 13 million YouTube views in three days Sister Cristina Scuccia, a participant to the Italian edition of The Voice, beat one of the records established by Korean singer Psy.

The story of Sister Scuccia, who wooed the Italian judges including Raffaella Carrà, is reminiscent of Sister Luc-Gabriel, née Jeanine Deckers, aka “Suor Sorriso” and “the Singer Nun”.

Mrs Deckers, a Belgian nun, became famous for her singing talents in the Sixties, but her fairy tale had no happy end. She quickly left the monastic life, and in 1985 committed suicide together with her girlfriend Anne Pecher.

Sister Scuccia’s breakthrough, however, reflects the more relaxed contemporary climate in the Catholic Church. She didn’t need to hide or to argue with her ecclesiastical superiors. Indeed, her sister nuns were in the TV studios loudly cheering her.

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