Sisters 'fine' after weekend trapped in elevator with no food, water

VATICAN CITY - A sister from Ireland and a sister from New Zealand were rushed to a hospital in Rome June 8 after having spent a weekend trapped in an elevator without food or water.

The 58-year-old Irish religious and the 68-year-old religious from New Zealand "are fine, but are not speaking to the press," a receptionist at the Marist Sisters residence in Rome told Catholic News Service June 9.

Neither sister had a telephone with her when the elevator at the Marist residence got stuck the evening of June 5, said Italian press reports based on the police record of the incident.

No one else was in the residence all weekend, so the sisters' cries for help went unheard.

A cleaning woman, reporting for work early June 8, called police, who managed to get the elevator open. The sisters told the police they had "prayed a lot," according to the Italian daily, Il Messaggero.

An ambulance took the sisters to the hospital for treatment of dehydration. The temperatures in Rome over the weekend reached 90 degrees each day and the sisters had no water or food with them.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015