An Italian priest and theologian is out to show the fun side of the sisterhood with “Miss Sister 2008,” an online beauty pageant for nuns. The Rev. Antonio Rungi hopes the contest, which he’ll begin on his blog next month, will fight the stereotype that nuns are universally old and dour. “Being ugly is not a requirement for becoming a nun,” says Rungi.
Foxy sisters from around the world will be able to participate, sending pictures and profile information to Rungi. Readers will then vote on the winner. Rungi says he got the idea from the nuns themselves, and hopes it increases their visibility. “Nuns are a bit excluded…in ecclesiastical life,” he laments. “This will be an occasion to make their contribution more visible.”