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Dozens Of Nuns Cut Off From World Due To Heavy Snow in Austria

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Dozens of Catholic nuns have been cut off from the world for days after heavy snowfall left them trapped in their Alpine monastery.

Authorities in Austria have deployed heavy equipment to clear the snow and fallen trees that were blocking roads to the Marienparadies cloister, which is run by the Sisters of Bethlehem order.

Despite the wintry weather, the nuns are in “good spirits” and wish to stay put because they have enough food and fuel.

The cloister, which lies about 30 miles south of Salzburg, is home to 30 nuns and one priest.

According to Austrian media, Sister Laure-Marie said the nuns had considered leaving – but “since the sun returned and the road will be clear again soon, we are very, very grateful we’re allowed to remain with God”.

Manfred Brugger, the mayor of nearby St Veit im Pongau, said: “It is important for them that they have a connection to us in the valley.”


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