Religion: The Nun in Tweeds

No one would have suspected that the small, well-tailored woman with blue-rinsed grey hair and smart, blue-framed spectacles was a nun, or, for that matter, that she was an American. Mother Mary Dominic Ramacciotti regards her occasional social round of luncheons, teas and receptions in Rome as the hard part of her work. This week she was back at the "easier" part: putting in an 18-hour day building an Italian Girls' Town.

Though she has an ancient Tuscan name, spry, sixtyish Mary Ramacciotti was born and bred in Baltimore. She joined the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore while still in...

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