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Nuns in Spain red-faced after missing call from Pope Francis

Published on Jan 4, 2014 7:06 AM
 
Pope Francis leads a mass at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Jan 1, 2014. A group of nuns in Spain got a New Year surprise when they checked their answerphone machine to discover they had missed a call from the Pope, who left a message asking why they did not pick up. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - A group of nuns in Spain got a New Year surprise when they checked their answerphone machine to discover they had missed a call from the Pope, who left a message asking why they did not pick up.

"What can the nuns be doing that stops them answering the phone?" said Pope Francis, chuckling, in the message he left on New Year's Eve for the Barefoot Carmelites of Lucena, aired on Spanish radio on Friday.

"This is Pope Francis," he went on. "I wanted to give you New Year's greetings. I'll see if I can reach you later. God bless you."

The prioress of the convent, Sister Adriana, told Cope radio station she and the four other nuns were not listening for the phone because they were busy at their midday prayers.

 
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