Nun cloistered in monastery for a record 86 years dies in Spain

MADRID (AP) - A nun believed to hold the world record of 86 years cloistered in a monastery has died in Spain.

Sister Maria Romero, abbess of the Buenafuente del Sistal monastery north-east of Madrid, said on Wednesday that Sister Teresita Barajuen had died overnight. She was 105. She entered the Cistercian monastery when she was 19, the abbess said.

Sister Barajuen acknowledged in interviews that like many young women at the time, she never intended to become a nun but entered the monastery because of family pressure.

In 2011, she left the monastery for the first time in 40 years to meet retired Benedict XVI during a papal visit to Madrid. She had entered the monastery on the same day he was born.

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