The world’s oldest person, French nun Lucile Randon, who was also known as Sister Andre, has died at the age of 118. She lived in southern France’s Toulon, a city near the French Riviera. 

Hubert Falco, the mayor of Toulon, announced the news on Twitter, where he said, “it is with immense sadness and emotion that I learnt tonight of the passing of the world’s oldest person #SisterAndré.”

Who was Sister Andre?

Lucile Randon was born on February 11, 1904 in the commune called Alès in Southern France. She was the daughter of Paul Randon and Alphonsine Delphine Yéta Soutoul. 

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She has worked as a governess and a private teacher. Despite growing up in a Protestant family, Randon took up Catholicism when she was 19.

After joining the order Daughters of Charity, Randon took the name Sister Andre. She went on several missions across France, worked with the residential care home EHPAD, and finally retired to an old-age home in the city of Toulon at the age of 105.

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Randon had contacted the Sars-COVID virus during the pandemic, but later tested negative. She was the oldest-known survivor of the disease.

The Pope sent her a blessed rosary and a handwritten note on her 115th birthday while French President Emmanuel Macron sent her a letter on her 118th birthday.

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Sister Andre became the world’s oldest person on April 19, 2022, after the death of Japan’s Kane Tanaka.

“There is great sadness, but she wanted it to happen, it was her desire to join her beloved brother. For her, it is freedom,” said Sister Andre’s spokesperson David Tavella after her death.