'We prayed a lot': Two nuns get stuck in a lift in Rome for three days

The nuns were staying near the Vatican Credit: DPA/Press Association

Two nuns have been rescued from a lift in Rome after a power cut left them trapped without food or water for three days.

The two sisters, aged 58 and 68, were found by a cleaner on Monday morning, having been trapped in an empty building since Friday night.

They were rushed to hospital, where they were treated for dehydration. According to Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, they prayed throughout the weekend for rescue.

The two, originally from Ireland and New Zealand, were trapped in the Marist Sisters convent in the Italian capital after everyone else had gone home.

When the Associated Press called the the order's headquarters today, the nun who answered the phone sighed deeply and said in English: "We are OK, but we are not talking to the press. Thank you for your concern. Goodbye."