Mother Superior Accused of Mistreating Novice Nuns
February 6, 2004
An Italian mother superior nicknamed The General is under investigation after allegations she mistreated six trainee nuns.
Tekla Familglietti, head of the 650-year-old Daughters of St Brigid order, is said to have reduced the would-be nuns to slavery.
As a result of their treatment the women, aged between 31 and 44 and all from India, ran away from the Rome nunnery and alerted police.
The nuns told police that 66-year-old Mother Famiglietti, who has been in charge since 1981 and who is a close friend of Pope John Paul II, had mistreated them for months and authorities have now launched an investigation.
Locals have described the mother superior as "robust and authoritarian" one added: "There is always a lot of tension up there between the trainees and mother Famiglietti.
"She is known as the General and is one of the most powerful women in the Roman Catholic Church. She knows cardinals, politicians and even Pope John Paul II himself."
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