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Six Arkansas Nuns Excommunicated

The Star Tribune reported that six nuns were excommunicated for herecy Tuesday in Arkansas after refusing to disband from a Canadian sect whose leader claims to be the Virgin Mary reincarnated, the Diocese of LIttle Rock announced Wednesday.

The nuns were notified Tuesday after they refused to give up the sect of the Community of the Lady of all Nations, said Rev. J. Gaston Herbert, the diocese administrator.

This was the first excommunication in the diocese's 165-year history. "It is a painfully historic moment for this church," Hebert told Fox News.

The sect's 86-year-old founder, Marie Paule Giguere, claims to be the Virgin Mary reincarnated and that God speaks to her directly.

The nuns were released after the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican issued a delcaration stating that the sect's teachings were herecy, and anyone associated with the sect was to be excommunicated. The declaration was made on July 11.

The excommunication means that the nuns will no longer be able to participate in the liturgy or receive sacraments.

"We pray that the church will open their eyes before it is too late. This is God's work through Mary, the blessed mother, and we're doing what we're asked to do, " said Sister Mary Theresa Dionne, one of the excommunicated nuns the Star Tribune reported.

The Canadian based Community of the Lady of all Nations was started in 1971.