Wednesday, February 26, 2014

World's oldest nun celebrates 107 years

Sister Bellotti prays with Pope Francis on her birthday
Sister Bellotti celebrates her 107th birthday with members of her congregation Feb. 20. She
joined Pope Francis for daily Mass at Domus Santa Marta that day. (Photo from
Sister Candida Bellotti, who entered a convent when she was 22, is a member of the Congregation of the Ministers of the Sick of St. Camillus de Lellis and believed to be world's oldest nun. As she turned 107 on Feb. 20, she joined Pope Francis for daily Mass.

"(Pope Francis) is the right person for our time, and we need to respect him because it is God's will," she told the Catholic News Agency after their meeting.

She also provided tips for living longer. "True happiness is appreciating the moment as God gives it to us. What we really need in life is to give thanks to God for what he gives us. Because that is the only thing that will make man happy."

"Man needs to accept each moment that comes and say 'thank you.'"

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