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Nuns ask council for help finding new convent

Nuns ask council for help finding new convent

Published: 08 Aug 2012 10:51 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Aug 2012 10:51 GMT+02:00

The nuns; sisters Amada, Carla and Magnificat came to the small community Nattavaara near Gällivare earlier this year to stay in a farm house belonging to an acquaintance from Stockholm.

“I don’t really know how we ended up in Nattavaara. But it was very speedy action, with clear signs from God to me to come here,” said sister Amada to local paper Norrbottenskuriren in April.

Since arriving in the village, the three nuns have already been receiving guests at their farm but need help from the local authorities to find a larger house which can be adapted to function as a convent as well as a retreat.

“To come to this beautiful area and learn to experience prayer in silence will appeal to many,” sister Amada wrote in her application to the council, according to newspaper Norrländska Socialdemokraten (NSD).

According to the sisters, the new catholic retreat wouldn’t necessarily just be for nuns but could also cater for monks and for others that need somewhere to go to find their inner stillness.

“A convent needs to be relatively large as it isn’t just meant for nuns but also for people who want to visit, both in the long term and short term. Many come to convents for retreats, for silence and for pastoral cure. First and foremost it is a place of prayer and silence,” the nuns wrote in the application.

The three nuns, who claim to have been sent to Nottbotten County by God to open a convent, have also expressed the wish that the property be close to nature.

Local property coordinator for Gällivare municipality, Antero Ijäs, told the paper that the nuns' application will be dealt with in due course.

“We will do our best to accommodate the nuns. There is a long queue for available Gällivare properties but it is not impossible that a suitable property is available in one of the nearby villages,” he told NSD.

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11:54 August 8, 2012 by StockholmSam
B*llsh*t. Don't give these religious freakos a free house and land and a foothold to spread their religious zealotry. The Catholic Church and their evil spawn the Pope have done more damage to the world than perhaps any other religion. For those of you who do not want mosques in Sweden, you should work just as hard to prevent other religious establishments here, especially Catholic churches. For a belief system that espouses poverty as a virtue, the Pope sure does wear a lot of bling.
13:36 August 8, 2012 by robban70226
Oh my God, I though I already heard everytthing under the sun..

What are they drinking? too much wine or some moonshine on the side,

The Vatican has plenty of money, why dont they ask them??

In God we thrust but for money go to your own church..
16:23 August 8, 2012 by johan rebel
Gosh . . . how about asking that god character of theirs for a new convent?
09:17 August 9, 2012 by smilingjack
clear signs from god eh? what exactly were they?

a solid gold letter from the vatican. go to italy and see how badly the place is falling apart except for every church own building which looks brand new. easy when you pay no tax or levy or any associated land rates. zilch - nothing. then charge people entry to these "public" buildings. the catholic church is the wealthiest corporation on the planet - by a longshot. worth many trillions over with investments in every possible corner of the planet.

I would suggest that anyone who hears voices in their heads telling them to do things should seek medical assistance.
16:07 August 10, 2012 by skylarkpilot
God told me I needed to pray in a brothel full of blondes on a greek island for the next three months and that the local authority should pay for it all.

I'm pretty sure he also said they should buy me a Bugatti Veyron but I think he would be happy for me to have another type of supercar.

Can anyone tell me where I apply ?
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