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Nuns in Spain receive New Year’s voice message from Pope Francis

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Pope Francis called an order of nuns in Spain on New Year’s Eve, but there was no answer. "What are the nuns doing that they can't answer?" the Pope said jokingly. "I am Pope Francis, I wish to greet you in this end of the year, I will see if I can call you later. May God bless you!"

The Carmelite nuns in Lucena, Spain were actually having prayer when the Pope called around noon, and therefore did not answer the phone. Once they heard the voice message left by the Pope, they were in total disbelief according to CNN News. “The prioress of the convent, Sister Adriana, told the radio network she ‘literally wanted to die’ when she first heard the message. Our friendship goes back 15 years but we never thought the pope would remember to think of us,’ she said.”

The nuns did not know what to do so they contacted their local bishop and tried to place a call to Pope Francis, but were unsuccessful. So they waited. After several hours passed, the phone rang and of course they answered this time. The pontiff spoke with all five Carmelite community nuns, three of which are from the Pope’s native Argentina.

The call from Pope Francis was received on the 400th anniversary of the Carmelite community. One of the best known Carmelite nuns is Saint Therese of Lisieux, France. Following the call, Sister Adrians said, “The message from Pope Francis was to never lose hope, because sadness leads to spiritual sloth and hopelessness.”

It’s a call they will never forget.

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