DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     December 15, 1999     vol. 10, no. 238

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SIX NUNS KILLED IN CONVENT COLLAPSE IN SOUTHERN INDIA

        NEW DELHI (CWNnews.com) - Six nuns of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny were killed in their sleep early Monday morning when the convent they were sleeping in collapsed in southern Tamil Nadu state.

        The roof of the century-old two-story convent caved in under torrential rains killing six nuns sleeping on the first floor. One nun was pulled from the debris by locals who rushed to the spot at 1:30 am after hearing the deafening noise of the building collapse at Cheyyur in Madras-Mylapore diocese.

        The victims included the principals of the primary and high schools of the Little Flower High School housed on the campus of the ill-fated building. The deceased nuns were Sister Rose Caritas, 58, principal of the primary school, Sister Amalarani, 45, principal of the high school, Sister Alfred, 52, Sister Maria Therese, 45, Sister Fathima, 26, and Sister Gabrelle, 47. Four other nuns sleeping in a nearby building escaped unhurt.

        The nuns were buried Tuesday morning after a poignant funeral service led by Archbishop Arul Dass James of Madras Mylapore and two other bishops.


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December 15, 1999       volume 10, no. 238
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