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Italy’s Singing Nun Gives Pope Francis Her ‘Like a Virgin’ Cover

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Italy’s famed singing nun met Pope Francis this week and brought him a gift: a copy of her first album.

Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won the Italian version of The Voice in June, presented the Pontiff with her debut CD during his general audience on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. The album’s tracks include her ballad-like take on Madonna’s pop classic “Like a Virgin.”

Though some members of the Catholic establishment have criticized the nun for the saucy track, Scuccia told the Guardian last month that she saw her version as a religious interpretation of the 1984 hit. In the original, Madonna croons that someone — ostensibly a new lover, but who knows, since Madonna never clarifies that it isn’t God — makes her feel “touched for the very first time.”

“I’m giving it a new interpretation from a faith standpoint,” Scuccia said. “We can all feel incomplete. I felt that when I was touched by God, then I felt loved like I’ve never been loved before.”

Scuccia also told the Guardian that her next big goal was to speak with, and perhaps even sing for, the Pope.

“I’d love to give him a copy of my album,” she said presciently.

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