French Nun Becomes World’s Oldest Person – Her Secret to Longevity

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French Sister André Randon became the world’s oldest person after the death of 119-year-old Japanese woman Kane Tanaka.

Tanaka passed away on Tues., April 19 in Japan.

Sister Randon turned 118 in February, celebrating with a glass of wine and some chocolate. She also survived Covid-19 prior to her 117th birthday.

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Born Lucile Randon on Feb. 11, 1904, Sr. André converted to Catholicism at age 19. At age 25, she began caring for the elderly and orphans at a French hospital. She later entered the Daughters of Charity at age 40.

The sister is also blind and in a wheelchair. She lives in Sainte-Catherine Labouré retirement home in Toulon, France.

Home communications director David Tavella told France 24 that Sister André hopes she surpasses Jeanne Calment, who passed away in 1997 at age 122.

“She’s happy, she likes very much this attention,” Tavella said. “But it’s just another step, because her real goal is to overtake Jeanne Calment.”

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Guinness World Records published a video documenting the 118-year-old sister’s life shortly after news broke regarding Tanaka’s death.

Tavella reveals what Sister André believes is her secret to longevity.

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“She likes everything. She has no specific food preferences. She has very simple tastes,” Tavella said.

“Her glass of wine, which maintains her, and which is perhaps her longevity secret. I don’t know. I don’t encourage people to drink a glass of wine every day.”

Tavella says the home will hold a short press conference on Tues., April 26.

Say a prayer for Sister André!

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[See also: “I Wasn’t Scared”: World’s Oldest Nun Survives Covid-19, Celebrates 117th Birthday]

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