Meanwhile, sister Ernesta, 92, crochets decorations for a simple Nativity scene. After becoming a nun during World War II, she was evacuated to Turin with other sisters.
Just like a woman who was bored on a date is not going to return that guy’s call or text, the guy who has been bored with his girlfriend or a wife in bed is going to start looking for an adventure an excitement on a side.
The number of nuns in this staunchly Catholic country is reducing so rapidly there may be none left by 2050.
At a cloistered convent, aging sisters worry who will care for them, let alone continue their unwavering mission.
Sister Clotilde, 92, believes the decline in nuns is related to the falling birth rate and, in particular, the “millions of abortions happening in the world.” She adds, however, that through Pope Francis and the Jubilee of Mercy — a yearlong period of prayer that began last month — it is possible to obtain forgiveness and avoid purgatory.
Sister Ermelinda, 91, knows that, like the others, she will not be able to go to Rome to celebrate the Holy Year.
(In Asia and Africa it is less bleak; many girls enter the convents for their studies.) Being a nun is a vocation, and Sister Gesualda, 95, emphasizes the importance of being a good example for younger women who chose this lifestyle.