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Love in a rehabilitation centre: Story of lesbian nuns who tied the knot in Italy

Published Oct 8, 2016, 1:26 pm IST
Updated Oct 8, 2016, 3:21 pm IST
They said they could have lived together in a convent while hiding their relationship, but said this would have been ‘false’.
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Rome: While the debate on homosexuality is raging within the Catholic Church, two nuns, who fell for each other during a mission, have made a revolutionary decision by tying the knot in Italy.

Federica and Isabel were joined in a civil union in northern Italy last month, taking advantage of a law passed this year that offers homosexual couples legal recognition — one of the last countries in the West to do so.


The pair, who did not give their surnames, told La Repubblica on Friday that they had fallen in love while serving as missionaries in the West African country Guinea-Bissau. The two were serving in a drug rehabilitation centre, where the two became intimate and decided that they should spend the rest of their lives together.

Federica, 44, comes from Italy and Isabel, 40, comes from South America.

They said they could have done what other nuns did and live together in a convent while hiding their relationship, but said this would have been “false”.


“There are many such cases where priests or nuns hide their relationships with men or women,” the pair were quoted as saying, adding that they had received no help when they left their religious order.

“We felt alone, more than that, we felt abandoned.”

The Church teaches that homosexuality is not sinful but homosexual acts are, and that homosexuals should try to be chaste.

However, Pope Francis has expressed sadness to hear that two former nuns had married, Vatican Deputy Secretary of State Archbishop Angelo Becciu said on Friday.


“How much sadness on the pope’s face when I read him the news of the two married ‘nuns’!” Becciu tweeted.