Novices play ball in a courtyard during a short break from the strict everyday life in a cloistered convent at Santa Catalina Convent in Arequipa, Peru. Older Catholic nuns allow this scheduled play to help the young nuns adjust more easily to the new rules and a routine: They are always silent, pray seven times a day, and never leave the grounds. Visitors to the convent can attend mass but never see life behind the walls where 23 women ranging in age from 15 to 93 make their home.
- MELISSA FARLOW
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