According to Guinness World Records, after the end of World War II, she worked with orphans and the elderly at a hospital in Vichy, France. It is said that in 1944, at the age of 40, she decided to become a Catholic nun and she changed her name to Sister Andre.
Sister Andre was declared the world’s oldest person in April last year after Japan’s Ken Tanaka died at the age of 119. Along with this, Guinness World Records also declared her as the oldest nun. Interestingly, the sister found out about this much later. She was the oldest person in Europe, who won the battle against Covid-19 in 2021.
French President Emmanuel Macron also sent Sister Andre a birthday card on her 118th birthday. Sister Andre was congratulated by the president on her long life. Speaking to an outlet about her longevity, Sister Andre had said that I think I’ll get better in heaven, but God doesn’t want me right now. It is said that she used to drink a glass of wine and eat chocolate every day. However, there is no evidence that she can make a person live longer.
Sister Andre has seen 18 presidents and 10 popes in her lifetime. She was about to turn 119 after 25 days. However, the title of the oldest person in history is held by Jean-Louis Calment. She was also a French woman who died on August 4, 1997 at the age of 122.