Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Headcovering Nuns are Beautiful

Online beauty contest for nuns
- ukpress article
An Italian priest and theologian says he is organising an online beauty pageant for nuns that aims to give them more visibility within the Catholic Church and fight the stereotype that they are all old and dour.

The Rev Antonio Rungi says the Miss Sister 2008 contest will start in September on his blog and will give nuns from around the world a chance to showcase their work and their image.

Rungi, a theologian and school teacher from the Naples area, said that visitors to his site will have a month to "vote for the nun they consider a model".

Nuns will fill out a profile that includes information on their life and vocation as well as a photo.It will be up to them to choose whether to pose with the traditional veil or with their heads uncovered.

The story continues here, from Reuters.com:

No nuns on catwalk, priest stops "beauty contest"
Aug 26, 2008

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian priest who had planned an online "pageant" for nuns has suspended the project, saying he was misinterpreted and had no intention of putting sisters on a beauty catwalk.

"My superiors were not happy. The local bishop was not happy, but they did not understand me either," Father Antonio Rungi told Reuters by telephone from his convent in southern Italy Tuesday.

"It was not at all my intention to put nuns on the catwalk," said Rungi, a priest of the Passionists religious order, speaking from his convent in the town of Mondragone.

Rungi's idea appeared in newspapers around the world after he wrote of a contest for nuns on his blog, called by some "Sister Italy 2008."

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Dear Fr. Rungi - the thought is appreciated. - THCblog
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