POPE FRANCIS was left bemused after a call he put in to a group of Cordoban nuns went to voicemail.
The pontif called the community of Carmelite nuns in Luccena at 11:45am on New Year’s eve to wish them happy new year.
But there was no reply at the convent, so he left them a message.
He said: “What are 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!”
The once-thriving convent has dwindled to just five, three of which are Argentine like the pope.
He eventually managed to get a hold of them at 7:15 pm and convey his good wishes for the new year.