Italian priest wants beauty contest for nuns

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ROME, August 25 (RIA Novosti) - An Italian Catholic priest has urged an online beauty contest for nuns, expected to involve about 1,000 young "brides of Christ," Italian media have reported.

Father Antonio Rungi said he hopes that his proposed Miss Sister Italia contest would show people that their stereotype of nuns as old and sad is wrong, and that sisters can also be beautiful, because beauty is a gift from God.

The candidates that Rungi, a member of the Passionist Order, intends to have as participants of the pageant, should be aged 18 to 40. They would not compete in bathing suits, but rather show their "inner beauty."

Father Rungi said the idea had been suggested to him by nuns, and added that many of them told him they would participate in the contest.

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