Ti. PAUUNE SLSTFRS, leadng pollsters assessing trends in the Church, this week completed research into reading habits in convents.
In a survey of major female orders such as the Carmelites and Franciscans, the Paulines have found that more nuns read daily newspapers than lay people.
Eighty-nine per cent of sisters read at least one paper a day. Over 62 per cent read news weeklies and a minor
ity also regularly subscribe to women's magazines.
The survey shows that only 9.6 per cent of nuns read the Vatican newspaper, Roman Observer, while over 90 per cent prefer the local diocesan press.
The favourite authors of sisters, aged between 24 and 64, include Umberto Eco and Tolstoy. Only 7.9 per cent had ever read the writings of St Augustine and 7.3 per cent St Teresa of Avila.