World's oldest priest says strict routine basis of long life

Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:49am EDT
 
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NALINNES, Belgium (Reuters) - A strict daily routine is the recipe for a long life, according to the world's oldest priest, Belgian Jacques Clemens, who will celebrate his 107th birthday on Monday.

Clemens, who has also celebrated his 80th anniversary as a Catholic priest, gets up every morning at 5.30 a.m. and goes to bed at 9.00 p.m.

When Clemens was about to retire at 75, his bishop asked him to remain in service until they found a successor - he only stopped holding regular church services at his parish in the southern Belgian village of Nalinnes last year.

(Reporting by Francois Lenoir, writing by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

 
Father Jacques Clemens attends a mass at St. Benoit church in Nalinnes, Belgium, July 10, 2016.   REUTERS/Francois Lenoir