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Nuns survive three days trapped in Rome lift

A nun holds a rosary as she attends Easter Mass held by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on April 20, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis is attending the Holy Week for his second time as a Pontiff. Using the global twitter network, yesterday he asked people worldwide to join him in prayer for the victims of the tragic ferry disaster in South Korea Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The two women say they had "prayed so much" while trapped in the lift

Two nuns have been rescued from a lift in Rome after being trapped for three days without food and water.

The 69-year-old from New Zealand and a 58-year-old Irish nun became stuck on Friday at the Marist convent after an electrical power failure.

They cried out for help but there was no-one in the building over the weekend, Italian media said.

They were discovered on Monday by a cleaner who called police after ringing the doorbell and receiving no reply.

The police entered the building and called out if anyone was there and the nuns replied: "Yes, we are here, in the elevator", according to Il Messaggero.

The two women later said they had "prayed so much" while trapped, Il Messaggero reported.

They were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for dehydration.

The Marist Sister House hosts visitors to Rome from religious missions around the world.

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