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This is an edited extract of an article written by Lukas Lessing. It was published both by Das Magazin, Zurich and Die Zeitmagazin, Hamburg

By Lukas Lessing   June 1997

Die zeitmagazin

14th March 1997

Melanie is entering a convent. She is 25 years old and is becoming a sister at Himmelspforten, a Carmelite convent in W?rzburg. “I believe God has led me on this path,” she says. If it is the right path, she will stay in the convent all her life-her body will remain there even longer. The catholic Carmel order is strict: the sisters never leave except for medical emergencies. When they die, their bodies are buried beneath the chapel. The sisters do not carry out any missionary or social work; they see their main calling as…

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