After a tryst with a young man at a fair in 1951, Philomena became pregnant and was sent by her father to Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea in Ireland. After giving birth, she was forced to work in their laundry, seven days a week, for four years to pay off the cost of her stay. One day she discovered that the nuns had given her son to a couple for adoption, without warning or a chance for Philomena to say goodbye. Philomena kept her lost son a secret from her family for fifty years, but she visited the convent periodically to try to find him. She had one small photograph of him. The nuns repeatedly told her that they were unable to help her.
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- According to Leon Kass, 17 has some significant meaning (as yet not known exactly) in the book of Genesis.
- According to Plutarch's Moralia, the Egyptians have a legend that the end of Osiris's life came on the seventeenth of a month, on which day it is quite evident to the eye that the period of the full moon is over. Now, because of this, the Pythagoreans call this day "the Barrier," and utterly abominate this number. For the number seventeen, coming in between the square sixteen and the oblong rectangle eighteen, which, as it happens, are the only plane figures that have their perimeters equal their areas, bars them off from each other and disjoins them, and breaks up the epogdoon by its division into unequal intervals.
- In the Yasna of Zoroastrianism seventeen chapters were written byZoroaster himself, these are the Gathas.
- The number of the raka'ahs that Muslims perform during Salat on a daily basis.
- The number of surat al-Isra in the Qur'an.