The Italian Almanac


Italian News - July 5

A text message an Italian sent by mistake started a romance that convinced a nun to leave the Catholic church.

It began when a factory worker from the island of Sardinia, Maurizio Degortes, thumbed a message to a female friend intended to help her get over a broken heart. His message by accident reached a nun and changed her life. Seven months of courtship via mobile phone convinced Geraldine, 35, from the Philippines but living in a Palermo convent, that her future was with Maurizio.

The final push, however, may have been given by the mother superior who found the woman of the cloth furiously texting messages in private. These star-crossed lovers met only once in the airport when she was being sent home. They reportedly only shared a caste kiss on the cheek.