Bari, Italy (AHN) – A convent in Italy is finally closing down due to infighting between its last three remaining nuns.
Reports say that the head of the convent, the Mother Superior was brought to a hospital with scratches to her face after the fight between the sisters of the Santa Clara convent in Bari.
With the violent infighting, the local archbishop intervened and asked the Vatican for permission to close the convent.
However, Sister Liliana, the only remaining nun at the convent says she has no intention of leaving the monastery which has served as her home for the past 44 years.
Regarded as the most austere order of the Roman Catholic Church, devoted to a life of prayer, penance and quiet contemplation, the Clarissa nuns, Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista claimed they were driven to distraction by the habits of their Mother Superior.
During the summer, they became so fed up that, they turned on Sister Liliana, scratching her face and throwing her to the ground.
After the incident, the two nuns have moved to a nearby convent leaving Sister Liliana barricaded inside.
With the incident, Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri wrote to the Vatican asking for permission to close the convent down.
However, Sister Liliana is not about to take things sitting down saying that not once in her 44 years in the nunnery had she left the convent.
She added has written to the Pope telling him she will only leave when God decides it is time to go.