Pope Francis to Spanish nuns: Why aren't you answering the phone?

In this Jan. 1, 2014, AP file photo, Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
In this Jan. 1, 2014, AP file photo, Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Andrew Medichini/AP file photo

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made another one of his cold calls to wish a group of nuns in a Spanish convent Happy New Year. Only he got their answering machine, instead.

"What are the nuns doing that they can't answer the phone?" Francis asked in the message he left, the recording of which was obtained by Spain's El Mundo newspaper and broadcast on Italian media Saturday.

"This is Pope Francis. I wanted to offer you greetings for the end of the year. Maybe I'll try to call again later. May God bless you," he said.

Francis has made a habit out of calling people out of the blue, often checking in with ordinary folk who have written him about their hardships. He places the calls himself, as evidenced by the message.

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