Maria Elena Berini

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Maria Elena Berini
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OccupationMission worker, teacher
Berini receives International Women of Courage Award in 2018

Sister Maria Elena Berini (born 9 December 1944 Sondrio, Italy) is a Catholic nun, and mission worker. She won an International Women of Courage Award in 2018.


She entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Jeanne-Antide Thouret.[1]

From 1963 to 1969, she trained as a teacher. In 1972, she went to Chad, to work in rural schools. In 2007, her congregation sent her to the Central African Republic.[2] In 2017, she provided refuge at her Catholic mission, when rebels attacked Bocaranga.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Usa, una suora di Sondrio premiata tra le donne coraggio" (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  2. ^ "US State Department honors Italian nun as a 'Woman of Courage'". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  3. ^ "Suor Maria Elena Berini, da Sondrio, premiata come "Donna di coraggio"". Diocesi di Como (in Italian). 2018-03-28. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  4. ^ CNN, Betsy Klein. "Melania Trump honors International Women of Courage at State Dept". CNN. Retrieved 2018-04-03.

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Public domain This article incorporates public domain material from this U.S government document. Biographies of the Finalists for the 2018 International Women of Courage Awards