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Pope calls nuns on New Year’s Eve ... gets no answer, leaves voice mail

Updated: 2014-01-03T19:20:29Z

By LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

So this happened on New Year’s Eve: Pope Francis called a group of nuns in Spain to wish them a happy new year and he got their answering machine.

(Please, please tell us they don’t have caller ID.)

A few minutes before noon the pope called the Carmelite sisters in Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain, a tiny group of five nuns. Three of them are reportedly from the pope’s home country of Argentina.

When they didn’t answer the phone and he got their answering machine instead the pontiff, sounding amused, left a message in Spanish: “What are the nuns doing that they can't answer (the phone)? 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!”

ABC reports that he did get in touch with the nuns later in the evening and spoke to them. The pope is reportedly known for calling people unexpectedly like this.

(Stargazing is waiting by the phone.)

He spoke of his affection for one group of nuns in a new book, “The Little Flowers of Pope Francis,” by veteran Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli.

“I’m alive thanks to them,” the 77-year-old told Tornielli. “When I had the problem (at age 21) with my lungs in the hospital, the doctor gave me penicillin and antibiotics in certain doses.

“The nun who was in the ward tripled (the dosage) because she had an intuition, she knew what to do, because she was with the sick all day.

“The doctor, who was really good, he lived in his laboratory, the nun lived on the front lines and talked with those on the front lines every day.”

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