Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Holy beauty pageant to show nuns' Godly gifts!

No swimsuit round here as ‘Miss Sister 2008’ title is up for grabs

Italian priest is organising a beauty pageant with a twist — only Catholic nuns need apply.

Father Antonio Rungi, who lives near Naples, hopes that at least 1,000 nuns will enter the ‘Miss Sister 2008’ contest, due to begin online in September.

Father Rungi told the Associated Press that the contest would give nuns from around the world a chance to fight stereotypes which suggest they are all old and dour.
“We are not going to parade nuns in bathing suits. But being ugly is not a requirement for becoming a nun. External beauty is a gift from God, and we mustn't hide it.”

Father Rungi told Italian media that photos of the contestants would appear on his blog next month, and online readers could vote for their favourite.Participating nuns will also fill out a profile detailing their interests, activities and spiritual development.
The contest has received criticism from some Catholic teachers.
“It’s an initiative that belittles the role of nuns who have dedicated themselves to God,”.
Not all Catholics were in favour of the idea. “I have had some e-mails from Christians who perhaps have not grasped the evangelising spirit of the initiative, or the potential of the internet, which is a marvellous tool for spreading the Christian message.”

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