French nun Sister André, one of the world’s most famous nuns, died on Tuesday at the age of 118 in the southern city of Toulon.
The mayor of the city, Hubert Falco, announced her death on Twitter, writing “with sadness and thoughts I learned tonight about the death of the greatest person in the world #SisterAndré.”
The nun’s spokesman, David Tavella, said she died on Tuesday at 2 a.m. and lived near Toulon. “There is great sadness, but he wanted it to happen, it was his desire to join his beloved brother. For him it is freedom,” said Tavella.
Sister André was born as Lucile Randon on February 11, 1904, and dedicated herself to religious service, according to what Guinness wrote in April 2022.
Before becoming a Catholic nun, she cared for children during World War II and spent 28 years caring for orphans and the elderly in hospitals.
She was also the oldest nun who ever lived, according to Guinness.
When she turned 118 in 2022, the nun received a handwritten note from French President Emmanuel Macron – the 18th President of France during her lifetime. There have been 10 different popes leading the Catholic Church since his birth.
She became the world’s oldest following the death of Kane Tanaka, the Japanese woman who was once the world’s oldest, who died at the age of 119 on April 19.
The largest human head ever recorded belongs to a French woman. Jeanne Louise Calment was born on February 21, 1875, and Jeanne Louise Calment’s life span was 122 years and 164 days, according to Guinness World Records.