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‘Oldest nun’, credited with sheltering Jews during Holocaust, dies aged 110

Sister Cecylia Roszak had mused on the shortness of life and how quickly it passes.

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A nun prays beside the coffin and photo of 110-year-old Roman Catholic Sister Cecylia Roszak, believed to be the world’s oldest nun, and a rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust (Beata Zawrzel/AP)

A nun prays beside the coffin and photo of 110-year-old Roman Catholic Sister Cecylia Roszak, believed to be the world’s oldest nun, and a rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust (Beata Zawrzel/AP)

A nun prays beside the coffin and photo of 110-year-old Roman Catholic Sister Cecylia Roszak, believed to be the world’s oldest nun, and a rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust (Beata Zawrzel/AP)

A 110-year-old woman, believed to be the world’s oldest nun and a rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust, has died.

Father Pawel Rytel-Andrianik, spokesman for Poland’s Roman Catholic Church, on Thursday confirmed the death of Sister Cecylia Roszak last week at a Dominican convent in Krakow.

Life is so short and passes so quicklySister Cecylia Roszak

He described her as “probably the oldest nun in the world” and someone remembered as saying that “life is so short and passes so quickly”.

Born on March 25 1908, Sister Cecylia joined the convent aged 21.

During the German occupation of Poland during the Second World War, when she was in her 30s, she was one of several nuns who set up a new convent near Vilnius, today in Lithuania, sheltering Jews who had escaped the ghetto there.

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