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India: visa renewal denied for nun after 44 years of work with lepers

January 04, 2016

State government officials in India have declined to renew the visa of a Catholic nun who has spent 44 years working with the country’s lepers, the AsiaNews service reports.

The state of Maharashtra have said that Sister Bertilla Capra, a member of the Missionaries of the Immaculate, is not being deported. Rather, they said that because of changes in their regulations, she must apply for a new visa, in a different category. The government denied her application for a short-term visa that would allow her to remain in India while she applied for the new document. Barring a change, she will be required to leave the country when her current visa expires.


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  • Posted by: - Jan. 05, 2016 2:06 PM ET USA

    This is truly unfortunate. Leprosy can be treated with dapsone. I hope that she will be given anew visa.