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Priest Scraps Online Pageant for Nuns

August 27, 2008

The Associated Press

ROME

An Italian priest backtracked from his idea to organize an online beauty pageant for nuns, saying Tuesday he had been misunderstood and incurred protests from the faithful and local religious authorities.

The Rev. Antonio Rungi had thought of the beauty contest to give nuns more visibility within the Catholic Church and to fight the stereotype that they are all old and dour. The “Miss Sister 2008″ contest was supposed to start in September on a blog run by the priest. But he changed his mind after seeing reports that suggested nuns would be metaphorically put on a catwalk. He said that what he had in mind was not just external beauty but “overall beauty.”

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