Monday, May 29, 2017

#BreakingNews World's Oldest Nun dies at age 110 - RIP Sister Candida Bellotti who met Pope Francis...

Farewell to her sister Candida Bellotti, the oldest religious in the world
Lucca died yesterday at Camillia she had 110 candles last year, and also received the wishes of Pope Francis. She lived a life that served young people and the sick

On February 20, during a party organized by the Camillian Sisters, she blew out 110 candles in the presence of the bishop of Lucca Italo Castellani, receiving surprise also the "fervent wishes" and "happy happiness" of Pope Francis. The photos showed her smiling in front of a large cream cake of the same colors as her white and red dress. The same smile, sister Candida Bellotti, the oldest religious in the world, kept her until the last instant of her life yesterday, in Lucca, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Disease where she has lived since 2000.

"He left this land with the serenity that has always marked him in his 110 years of life," the sisters write in a statement. More than a century spent at the service of others, according to the charism of his Congregation founded by San Camillo de Lellis, active in hospitals, rest homes and nursing centers, promoting pastoral care of basic health and basic health education .

Born February 20, 1907 in Quinzano, in the province of Verona, Candida, in the Alma Bellotti century, is the third of the ten children. The cocoa master, homemaker mother, grows into a simple and deeply Catholic family. As a young woman, while working as a designer, she felt the desire to be a nun. She trusts her confessor, who directs her to the "red cross" of San Camillo. So on January 5, 1931, accompanied by his father and brother, she entered the Institute of the Ministers of the ill of Lucca.

After finishing the novitiate, she took the vows on July 16, 1932, in the presence of then Archbishop of Lucca, Monsignor Antonio Torrini. That day Candida is alone, her family was not present because of a family of serious mourning. But the nun is not discouraged and consoles with the affection of his new family: the mother Angelica Superior, the other Sisters, and the whole community.

At the beginning she began working as a nurse, in Rome where she obtained a professional diploma and then in several other Italian cities: Turin, Forte dei Marmi, Camaiore, Viareggio. In addition to working with the sick, she dedicated herself to the formation of young sisters.

Candida Candida Candida continues to dedicate itself to the years, even after being "rested" for 93 years in the Lucchese Mother House of the Elisa Institute 4. "Have confidence in the future and strive to the utmost to satisfy your desires" She recommended to new generations . Always shiny and dynamic, she maintained tremendous physical and mental activism and especially great irony, especially when he talked about the anecdotes of her life or talked about her longevity record.

All the other sisters, laity and faithful who attended the institute, as well as the journalists who were willing to receive, asked her what her "secret" was. In her name and in reality she replied: "Listen to Christ's voice and be docile to his will. During my life I always thought: Where the Lord puts me, this is the right place for me." She for advice said only one word: to love. "Love, love and still love, with joy!"

In her long life, the religious has seen ten popes succeed. The last Francis who could also meet three years ago during a Mass at the House of Santa Marta in the Vatican on the 400th anniversary of the death of San Camillo de Lellis and his 107th birthday. Bergoglio on that occasion had joked with her and blessed her.

"After a lifetime of fruit and spending with joy at the service of others, Sister Candida will remain in memory of those who have known and appreciated her for her fervent activism, her wisdom and her irony," writes the Supreme Supreme Provincial Giuliana Fracasso and the other sisters. The funeral will be celebrated on Tuesday 30 May, at 17, in the church of the Holy Trinity of Lucca.
Edited from Vatican Insider

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