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 didn't pick up.
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.
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."
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.
She said the Pope was an old friend of some of the nuns in their group, who, like him, come from Argentina.
They now run the convent in a working class suburb of Lucena, a town near Cordoba in southern Spain.
"When my duties allowed me to go to the phone, I literally wanted to die" on hearing the missed message, Adriana said.
took down the message and passed it on to the other nuns. We told
ourselves we had just been fulfilling our duty of prayer. We never
thought the Pope would remember us."
called a bishop and other contacts to try and return the call to the
Vatican, without success, but Francis called back and managed to talk to
the nuns in the evening.