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OBAMA-NUN Oct-13-2008 (270 words) xxxi

106-year-old U.S. nun to vote for the first time in 56 years

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- U.S. Sister Cecilia Gaudette, a 106-year-old member of the Religious Sisters of Jesus and Mary, will vote for the first time in 56 years and will cast her ballot for president for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

The nun, a retired music and art teacher, has lived in Rome for 50 years and only recently found out that she could register for an absentee ballot without returning to the United States.

But after giving interviews to CBS News, BBC Radio and Italian television, the New Hampshire native is not taking any more phone calls, not doing any more interviews and not posing for any more photographs, said a spokeswoman at the motherhouse of the Religious Sisters of Jesus and Mary.

"Sister Cecilia is very tired," the spokeswoman told Catholic News Service Oct. 13.

In the interviews, Sister Cecilia said she was sure Obama would win, just like the last U.S. presidential candidate she voted for -- Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952.

"I always said, 'I voted once and I won the election,'" she told CBS News.

She said that in choosing a candidate she was looking for "a good, straight man, a good private life, honest and politically able to govern, of course."

While she only recently discovered she could still vote while living in Rome, she said voting is important.

"It's important because one vote may decide," she said.

She told the BBC that she hoped that, with Obama as president, there would be peace in the world and an end to the fighting in Iraq.


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