Five Carmelite nuns entered their fifth week of occupation of their convent in hopes Rome will respond to their case within days, a spokeswoman for the sisters said.

Sister Eliane, a Carmelite nun who acts as an intermediary between the protesting sisters and the outside world, said the whole convent is gripped with anticipation over a pending report from Rome. The report is supposed to decide the fate of the five rebellious sisters, who have been locked in an infirmary wing of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel Monastery since Oct. 4.The sisters began the lock-in because they feared eviction for challenging the liberal changes in their austere lifestyle imposed by Prioress Mother Teresa Hewitt. Mother Hewitt introduced more television, music and sweets to the convent.