Stardom beckons for Sicilian singing nun

(UCAN) Italy’s singing nun, Sister Cristina Scuccia, is going viral and could be headed for international stardom after wowing the jury of “The Voice of Italy,” with her rendition of  Alicia Keys’ “No One.”

A video of the 25-year-old Sicilian nun belting it out while bopping on stage during a blind audition in her black habit and a large cross necklace has scored more than 19 million views on YouTube since airing March 19 on pubcaster RAI.

Scuccia, a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, has also made a big international media splash,  with NBC’s “Today” gushing about her perf on Friday, and “People” and Britain’s “The Guardian” among numerous other outlets taking notice.

“For when you want a taste of sister act!” tweeted Whoopi Goldberg. Even the Vatican’s minister of culture Gianfranco Ravasi has tweeted his admiration. [more]