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

BELGIUM: 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.

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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.

A woman gives father Jacques Clemens a thumbs up during a mass at St. Benoit church in Nalinnes, Belgium, July 10, 2016.

A woman gives father Jacques Clemens a thumbs up during a mass at St. Benoit church in Nalinnes, Belgium, July 10, 2016.

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.

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