From the department of this-would-make-a-good-comedy-series:
A convent in southern Italy is being shut down after a quarrel among its last three remaining nuns ended in blows, press reports say.
At Santa Clara convent near Bari, sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista - reportedly upset about their mother superior's authoritarian ways - scratched her in the face and threw her to the ground.
The incident happened in July but was kept quiet until now.
Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri tried to reconcile the nuns but finally decided in late August that they had "clearly lost their religious vocation" and asked the Vatican for permission to close the convent.
Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista moved to another convent, but Sister Liliana barricaded herself inside, refusing to leave, the reports said.
They said she suspected Battista Pichierri of planning to cede the convent to another community.