French Catholic nun becomes world’s second oldest person

On the occasion of her 118th birthday, the nun received a greeting from the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.

France – Toulon (February 17, 2022, 9:20 PM, Gaudium Press) Sister Andrée Randon became the second-oldest woman in the world when she turned 118 years old last Friday, 11. The Catholic nun, who lives in France, is also the oldest living person in Europe. The information is confirmed by the Gerontology Research Group.

Conversion from Protestantism to Catholicism

Lucile Randon was born on February 11, 1904, in the French town of Alés. At the age of 19, she abandoned Protestantism and converted to Catholicism. It was then that she began to assist children and elderly people in a French hospital until she became a nun at the age of 40. She joined the Daughters of Charity, where she took the name Andrée.

Sister Andrée is not afraid of death

Seventy-six years later, Sister Andrée moved to Toulon in southern France, where she now resides at the Sainte Catherine Labouré retirement home. It was there that she tested positive for COVID-19 in 2021, despite not showing any symptoms. When asked about death, the nun stated that she was not afraid to die.

Recipe for a happy life

In 2019, when she turned 115, Sister Andrée Randon received a card and a rosary blessed by Pope Francis, which she wears every day. When she turned 116, the Vincentian nun shared her “recipe for a happy life” – prayer and a cup of hot chocolate every day. (EPC)

Compiled by Zephania Gangl

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