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World record nun dies after 86 years in convent

A 105-year-old Spanish nun has died after spending 86 years in a convent, a period of ecclesiastical retreat touted by the Spanish media as a world record.

World record nun dies after 86 years in convent
Sister Teresita, from the Basque Country in northern Spain, died on Tuesday night. Photo: YouTube

Sister Teresita, from the Basque Country in northern Spain, died on Tuesday night at the Roman Catholic convent Buenafuente del Sistal in the center of the country.

She was buried at the convent on Wednesday.

Sister Teresita had entered the convent in the municipality of Guadalajara on April 16, 1927, when she was 19.

She left the convent only once in the following 86 years, on August 20, 2011, during Roman Catholic youth celebrations, to meet with visiting Pope Benedict XVI, who was born on the same day she had joined the convent.

That meeting, held at the Vatican’s nunciature in Madrid, was “very short but very emotional,” the convent’s abbess, Sister Maria, told AFP.

During her long stay in the convent, Sister Teresita held posts of abbess, prioress and mistress of novices.

“She was very lucid and healthy but she got weaker because age does not forgive,” said the abbess.

Sister Teresita lived “an exemplary life,” she added.

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TOURISM

No flip-flops or hot pants: Seville Cathedral imposes strict dress code

There’s a time and a place for everything, they say, and tourists are being given a reminder of that when they try to enter the sacred interior of one of Spain’s most visited monuments.

No flip-flops or hot pants: Seville Cathedral imposes strict dress code
The signs appeared at Seville Cathedral gateways this week.

Authorities at Seville Cathedral have felt the need to instil some decorum on the masses, insisting that beachwear and even casual summer attire are not suitable for church.

This week signs went up at the doors of the Andalusian capital’s most visited tourist attraction pointing out the strict dress code.


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From now on those who want to climb the famous Giralda tower to take in the breathtaking views across the cathedral rooftops and city beyond, or pay their respect at the tomb of the explorer who discovered the Americas (Christopher Columbus is said to be buried here) must be dressed appropriately.

No flip-flops, hot pants, beach wear or hats. And both men and women must remove headgear such as sunhats, baseball caps or visors.

“To preserve respect for the sacred character of the temple, we remind you that in the summer months it will be essential to comply with the rules of decorum in clothing,” states a message from the Cathedral Council on its website.

“Dressing appropriately promotes coexistence, cordiality and respect, showing the correct sensitivity for a visit to a cathedral.

“Please remove headwear when entering and refrain from wearing beach shoes. Ladies will not be allowed entry wearing vest tops, miniskirts or hotpants and men should not dress in tank tops.”

Visitors are also advised not to raise their voices, race around, or smoke, eat or drink within Cathedral itself.

READ MORE: 14 reasons why you should visit Seville this year

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