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French nun becomes world’s longest living person

Sister André, a 118-year-old nun living in a nursing home in the south of France, has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living person in the world.

According to CNN, the above statement was announced by the Guinness Book of World Records on April 25. Not only that, this archive of world records also recognizes Sister André as the oldest living nun in the world and also the oldest nun ever.

Sister André was born on February 11, 1904 with the birth name Lucile Randon. Before becoming a Catholic nun, she worked as a child care worker during World War II, and later spent 28 years caring for orphans and the elderly at a hospital.

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Sister André became the world’s oldest living person at the age of 118. Photo: Gerontology

Sister André, who lives at the Résidence Catherine Labouré nursing home near the city of Toulon in France, is also the world’s oldest person to recover from Covid-19. A statement from the Guinness Book of World Records said that Sister André tested positive for corona virus in early 2021, but made a full recovery within three weeks, on the occasion of her 117th birthday.

In an interview with French TV channel RMC Story on April 26, Sister André seemed to have mixed feelings about being recognized as the oldest living person. “I feel like I’d be better off in Heaven, but good God hasn’t wanted me yet,” she said, calling the title a “sad honor.”

However, Sister André also expressed her joy at being “spoiled” by her family. As revealed by the nursing home Résidence Catherine Labouré, Sister André loves chocolate and wine, and still drinks a glass of wine every day.

French President Emmanuel Macron sent a handwritten letter congratulating Sister André on her birthday as the world’s oldest nun turned 118 earlier this year.

The title of oldest person ever belongs to a French woman – Jeanne Louise Calment. According to a statement by the Guinness Book of World Records, Calment lived 122 years and 164 days.

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