Since taking office earlier this year, Pope Francis has shown his inclination to do things differently, this last New Year’s Eve being no exception because he decided to call a small group of nuns in Spain, but they didn’t answer the phone.
The Bishop of Rome decided at about 11:45 a.m. on December 31st that he would surprise the five nuns at a Carmelite community in Lucena,Spain by giving them a personal message for the New Year. However, all he got for his trouble was their answering machine.
Not to be discouraged, Pope Francis left a message for the nuns that jokingly asked what they were doing that was so important that they couldn’t answer the phone on New Years Eve. He then proceeded to tell them who he was and that he would try to call later if he could.
When the nuns heard his message, they immediately passed it to the Spanish radio network COPE, because his message was in Spanish, then they prayed and hoped he would call back.
Apparently 3 of the nuns are from the Pope’s native country,Argentina and he had come to know them when he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires, according to Adriana de Jesus Resucitado, the prioress of the convent of Carmelite nuns. She added that he had kept in contact with the three nuns for over 15 years.
Sister Adriana went on to say that they didn’t answer the phone because they were in the middle of prayer but they “literally wanted to die” when they realized who they had missed. She added that they didn’t know what to do about it and after talking with their local bishop, tried to call the Pope back, but didn’t have any luck getting through to him.
However, the head of the Catholic Church was good to his word and called the nuns back at around 7:15 p.m. He spoke to the sisters for about 15 minutes and his message to them was to never give up and never lose hope, according to the prioress.