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Kiwi nun broke Irish lockdown rules to attend exorcism

A New Zealand nun, based in Ireland, has breached local lockdown rules when she attended an exorcism.

Sister Anne Marie, formerly Hannah Loeman. Source: Supplied

Sister Anne Marie, along with Mother Irene Gibson, from the Carmelite Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus travelled from Cork to Dublin in early December at a time when such travel was banned.

Once there, the leader of the church held an exorcism outside the Irish parliament, the Dáil.

The Irish Times earlier reported that twenty-year-old New Zealander Sister Anne Marie, formerly Hannah Loeman, is the second person to join the order of silent nuns.

The nuns live as hermits in West Cork, with Mother Irene having spent almost 30 years living as a consecrated hermit.

Brought up in Whanganui, in a large Catholic family, Sister Anne Marie went to Ireland in March 2017, receiving the habit as a novice six months later, The Irish Times reported.

'"It was a wonderful feeling to be at last able to make my profession of vowels and to at last become a bride of Christ," she told The Southern Star after taking her first vow in 2019.

"We spend much of our time in solitude, in prayer."

The Irish Examiner's Paul Hosford told Morning Report the nuns live in a remote part of Cork on a plot of land that they were ordered to leave for breaches of planning permission.

The compound has sleeping cells and is used as a religious retreat.

"They were ordered by court to leave in 2019," Hosford said.

"They are in the area essentially because there is a church operating out of a farm house nearby ... that is linked to a group called The Society of St Pius Resistance," he said.

Since being ordered to leave the land, the pair have raised NZ$129,000 to purchase property.

The Society of St Pius Resistance has been ordered to stop selling herbal remedies with medicinal claims, Hosford said.

Seventy people took place in the exorcism wanting places of worship reopened in the country.

"The results, if you're in a results business hasn't gone well because places of worship have been closed since a couple of days after Christmas."

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