Italian Ursuline nun Sister Cristina Scuccia has won the singing contest, The Voice, reports The Catholic Herald.
After the results were announced last night, Sister Cristina said: 'My presence here is not up to me, it’s thanks to the man upstairs!'
She continued: 'I’m not here to start a career but because I want to impart a message.'
She explained she was following Pope Francis's call for a Church close to ordinary people and then proceeded to recite the Our Father on stage.
Sister Cristina is a member of the religious order, the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, who has described herself as a former rebel.
The Sicilian nun said that she fell away from the faith but discovered her vocation when she auditioned for a part in a musical about Saint Angela Merici, the founder of the Ursuline Order.
The 25 year-old’s rendition of the Alicia Keys ballad, 'No One' has received 50m hits on YouTube. Her winning song was 'What A Feeling' from the film Flashdance.
Singing nun, Sister Cristina wins talent show final (The Catholic Herald)