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Oldest living nun celebrates 107th birthday at Vatican

February 20, 2014

An Italian nun celebrated her 107th birthday on February 20, attributing her longevity to “living in joy.”

Sister Candida (Alma) Bellotti, who is believed to be the world’s oldest religious. A native of Verona, she joined the Camillian order 80 years ago. She now lives in Lucca, in Tuscany.

For her birthday, Sister Candida was at the Vatican, where she attended Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae and spoke briefly with Pope Francis. She declined to choose a favorite among the nine Roman Pontiffs who have led the Church during her lifetime.


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  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Feb. 20, 2014 11:33 PM ET USA

    If she's 107, there have been ten pontiffs in her lifetime, not nine, albeit one was for only a month.