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Dutch nuns get the Internet habit

Surfing cyberspace has hooked a group of Dutch nuns, who plan to open their own Internet cafe.

Since terminals were installed at the Mater Misericordiae convent nursing home in February, 10 sisters - the oldest aged 89 - have religiously attended weekly lessons in how to get online. The manager of the nursing home told Reuters on Tuesday that the Internet lessons were at the request of the nuns whose hunger for knowledge had stimulated the idea of an Internet cafe.

Asked if the Internet meant less time for God, Jef de Laat said: "The sisters must have the possibility to learn about new media. I have full confidence they do that correctly - there's nothing above God."

Seventy-year-old Sr Clementine van der Poll said she mostly used the Net to look up ecclesiastical news, world news or information about the royal house. De Laat said more than 30 other nuns had applied for training, but with only five terminals, they would need to be patient. The Internet cafe is due to open on 16 May with the blessing of the bishop of the southern Dutch town of Breda.