Nuns Play Ball in Cloistered Convent

Novices play ball in the court yard during a break in their silence from the strict cloistered life in Santa Catalina Convent in Peru. Seven times during the day the young girls go to their chapel for chorus and pray, but once a day they play or sing in the garden. Among the 30 women who live in the convent are five novicias who study for five years to become a nun. The youngest is 15, the oldest nun is 98. <br />
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They begin their day at Mass. Then the novicias have class and activities studying theology, music and the Bible. For their work, they embroider, make parsley soap, creams, cookies and iron. <br />
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They never leave the premises unless they have special permission to go to the doctor and to vote. The founder accepted girls from the finest of Spanish families. The nuns today take the traditional vow of poverty.