Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

'Longest cloistered' nun dies,105

A nun has died after spending 86 years cloistered in Spain

A nun believed to hold the world record of 86 years cloistered in a monastery has died in Spain aged 105.

Sister Maria Romero, abbess of the Buenafuente del Sistal monastery outside Madrid said that Sister Teresita Barajuen had died overnight.

She entered the Cistercian monastery when she was 19, the abbess said.

Sister Teresita acknowledged in interviews that like many young women at the time, she never intended being a nun but entered the monastery because of family pressure.

In 2011 she left the monastery for the first time in 40 years to meet now-retired Benedict XVI during a papal visit to Madrid. She had entered the monastery on the same day he was born.

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