Ten popes later, world’s oldest Sister dies

The world’s oldest Sister, Candida Bellotti, has died at her Italian convent. She was 110.

A professional nurse and since 1931 a “Camillian” – that is, a member of the Congregation of the Ministers of the Sick of Saint Camillus, Sister Candida lived under 10 popes.

They were:

  • Pius X (1903-1914); Benedict XV (1914-1922); Pius XI (1922-1939);
  • Pius XII (1939-1958); John XXIII (1958-1963); Paul VI (1963-1978);
  • John Paul I (1978; John Paul II (1978-2005);
  • Benedict XVI (2005-2013); and Pope Francis (from 2013). Read more
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