When I read this story I thought it was a spoof, but it links to a genuine BBC story, so I suppose it really is true.
Seems that there were a lot of fun and games going on in the monastery in question, including undulating nuns and bible-reading marathons. Here's the best bit of the story:
A major attraction of the basilica was apparently the "holy dances" performed by the nun Sister Anna Nobili, a former lap-dancer, and other nuns taught by her. Nobili's routines reportedly featured her lying spread-eagled before an altar clutching a crucifix, or undulating passionately in the fashion of a pole dancer.
There's a photo of Sister Anna Nobili on the BBC site: she looks surprisingly wholesome to me.
Oh, this is priceless! From a BBC interview with Sister Anna Nobili:
Sister Nobili adds that ... she has noticed that bishops, and priests in general, are struck by this new form of expression.
I bet they are.
I found this clip of Sister Anna Nobili dancing. It's a bit disappointing really. She just seems to do a lot of twirling around and running. Not a pole in sight.