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    http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2008/08/24/1780783-italian-priest-organizes-beauty-contest-for-nuns Italian priest organizes beauty contest for nuns Sun Aug 24,
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      Italian priest organizes beauty contest for nuns
      Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:58 PM EDT
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      Associated Press

      An Italian priest and theologian said Sunday he is organizing an
      online beauty pageant for nuns to give them more visibility within the
      Catholic Church and to fight the stereotype that they are all old and
      dour.
      The "Miss Sister 2008" contest will start in September on a blog run
      by the Rev. Antonio Rungi and will give nuns from around the world a
      chance to showcase their work and their image.
      "Nuns are a bit excluded, they are a bit marginalized in
      ecclesiastical life," Rungi told The Associated Press after Italian
      media carried reports of the idea. "This will be an occasion to make
      their contribution more visible."
      Rungi, a theologian and schoolteacher from the Naples area, said that
      visitors to his site will have a month to "vote for the nun they
      consider a model."
      Nuns will fill out a profile including information about their life
      and vocation as well as a photograph. It will be up to them to choose
      whether to pose with the traditional veil or with their heads uncovered.
      "We are not going to parade nuns in bathing suits," Rungi said by
      telephone from his town of Mondragone. "But being ugly is not a
      requirement for becoming a nun. External beauty is gift from God, and
      we mustn't hide it."
      Rungi said the idea was first suggested to him by nuns with whom he
      regularly prays and works. He hopes there will be dozens of
      submissions once the Web site is started.
      The contest drew criticism from the association of Catholic teachers.
      "It's an initiative that belittles the role of nuns who have dedicated
      themselves to God," the group's president, Alberto Giannino, told
      Italy's ANSA news agency on Sunday.
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