Three Nuns Pray

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Nuns go to their chapel for chorus and pray seven times a day in a cloistered convent in Arequipa Peru. Contemplation is the most important thing in their lives. Santa Catalina Convent, the Monasterio de Santa Catalina, was built in 1580 and enlarged in the 17th century. Among the 30 nuns who live in privacy in the convent are five novicias who have to study for five years. The youngest nun is 15, the oldest is 98. They never leave the premises unless they have special permission to go to the doctor and to vote. The founder was supposed to have accepted girls from the finest of Spanish families. The nuns today take the traditional vow of poverty.
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