The world’s oldest person, Andre Lucile Randon, has passed at aged 118.
Randon who became a nun in 1944 died in her sleep at her nursing home in Toulon, France.
The French nun known as Sister Andre, was born in Southern France – in 1904 and survived two world wars.
Though born into a Protestant family, Sister Andre later converted to Catholicism and was baptized when she was 26 years old. She joined an order of nuns, the Daughter of Charity 15 years after she decided to join the Catholic Church.
News of her death was circulated on Tuesday by David Tavella, a spokesman from her nursing home. David stated that the sister desired to join her beloved brother.
Sister André, despite being blind and saddled in a wheelchair cared for other elderly people, including people younger than herself.
She entered the Guinness Books of Records in April 2022 as the world’s oldest person following the death of Kane Tanka, the Japanese woman who lived until she was 119 years old. Sister Andre also entered the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest person to recover from Covid-19 in 2021.
She highlighted in one of her last interviews; “People should help each other and love each other instead of hating. If we shared all that, things would be a lot better.”
Former Pope Benedict XVI dies aged 95
The Holy See Press Office announced the death of the emeritus Pope in a statement on Saturday.
The statement read; “With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.
Further information will be provided as soon as possible.”
The late Pope was elected the 265th Pope on 19 April 2005 in the papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II.
Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927 in Marktl, Germany, he became was the oldest person to be elected Pope since 1730.