Nuns go on the run to escape care home
Published 26/07/2010 | 05:00
Two French nuns in their 80s are on the run after refusing to accept an order by a superior to put them into a retirement home, writes John Irish
The octogenarians had been teaching in a school in south-east France for 30 years when they were told at the start of July that they would be uprooted to almost 400km away and placed in an old people's home.
A third nun, who had also planned to disobey an order for the first time in her life, is recovering in hospital after breaking her hip, 'Le Parisien' reported yesterday.
"At that age you don't move people about. It kills them," said the nephew of 89-year-old Sister Maurice-Marie, who is in hospital and who was decorated with France's highest honour in 2009 for her dedication to education and acts of charity. "These nuns need to be surrounded by their students and the people from the local community instead of medical staff."
The two nuns took flight on learning of their fate, refusing to leave their home since 1964. They are in hiding in an apartment lent to them by a Christian charity, the owner of the flat told the newspaper.Their fate is now likely to be decided by a religious court.