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Miss Sister: a beauty pageant for nuns

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 25, 2008 | 8:23 pm

The Rev. Antonio, Rungi, an Italian priest, announced yesterday plans for a beauty pageant for nuns, dubbed “Miss Sister 2008.” I can’t find that blog that Rungi runs and will hold the pageant from, but here is the AP’s story:

“Nuns are a bit excluded, they are a bit marginalized in ecclesiastical life,” Rungi told The Associated Press after Italian media carried reports of the idea. “This will be an occasion to make their contribution more visible.”

Rungi, a theologian and schoolteacher from the Naples area, said that visitors to his site will have a month to “vote for the nun they consider a model.”

Nuns will fill out a pageant profile including information about their life and vocation as well as a photograph. It will be up to them to choose whether to pose with the traditional veil or with their heads uncovered.

“We are not going to parade nuns in bathing suits,” Rungi said by telephone from his town of Mondragone. “But being ugly is not a requirement for becoming a nun. External beauty is gift from God, and we mustn’t hide it.”

Thanks VideoJew for sending this one along.

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