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Poland: The Oldest Nun in the World, Sister Cecylia Maria Roszak Dies at 110

A Polish nun who would be the oldest in the world died at the age of 110. Sister Cecylia Maria Roszak helped the Jews escape the Nazis.

The latter, who celebrated her 110 th birthday on March 25, was known for her modesty. On Thursday, the nuns and other members of the church gathered in Krakow to say goodbye.

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The superior mother of her convent, Stanislawa Chruscicka, said in an interview with the Associated Press that Sister Cecylia often said that “life is very beautiful but too short. “

Born March 25, 1908, Roszak entered the convent at the age of 21. During Germany’s occupation of Poland during the Second World War, when she was in her thirties, she was one of many nuns who founded a new convent near Vilnius, sheltering Jews who had fled the ghetto.

In 2009, at the age of 101, Roszak received the title of Righteous Among the Nations of the World from the Jerusalem Yad Vashem Institute.

The funeral mass was held at the Dominican Nuns’ Church in Krakow and Roszak was buried in the historic Rakowicki Cemetery.

Pawel Rytel-Andrianik, a spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic Church in Poland, described her as “probably the world’s oldest nun”, although Mother Superior Chruscicka stated that she is certain that Roszak was the oldest nun.

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