Nun Gives Birth To Baby Boy In Italy,Named after Pope Francis
A Salvadorean nun who said she had no idea she was pregnant gave birth in Italy this week after she felt stomach cramps in her convent and was rushed to hospital, Italian media reported on Friday.
The 31-year-old mother and her baby boy, who weighs 3.5 kilograms (7.7 pounds), are doing well and other new mothers in Rieti hospital have begun collecting clothes and donations for her, the reports said.
“I did not know I was pregnant. I only felt a stomach pain,” the nun was quoted as saying at the hospital, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
La Repubblica said she gave birth on Wednesday.
ANSA said the nun had named her baby Francesco (Francis) — also the pope’s chosen title and one of the most popular names in Italy, where St Francis of Assisi is the much-loved national patron saint.
The hospital could not be reached for comment.
The nun belongs to the “Little Disciples of Jesus” convent in Campomoro near Rieti, which manages an old people’s home and reports said she would keep the baby.
Her fellow nuns were quoted saying they were “very surprised”.
A nun who was rushed to hospital complaining of acute stomach pains has given birth to a baby boy – and named him Francesco after the Pope.
The 31-year-old nun began to feel severe abdominal cramps on Wednesday and gave birth just a few hours later.
The discovery of her pregnancy has embarrassed the Catholic Church in Italy, with the local bishop saying that she will have to leave her convent in Rieti, north of Rome, after breaking her vow of chastity.
“It would be preferable that she now lead a secular life with her baby, away from religious institutions,” said a spokesman for Delio Lucarelli, bishop of Rieti.
The nun, who is from El Salvador, had kept her pregnancy a secret and even as she was being taken to hospital in an ambulance denied that she could be pregnant.
“It’s not possible, I’m a nun,” she told doctors, according to the Italian press.
The nun, who has not been named, had been working in an old people’s home attached to the Campomoro convent near Rieti. She was a member of the Little Disciples of Jesus order.
The convent’s mother superior, Sister Erminia, said: “It seems she was not able to resist temptation.”
There was speculation that the nun may have fallen pregnant during a visit to her home country last year.
She named the baby boy, who weighed 7.7lbs, Francesco – apparently in tribute to Pope Francis.
“Both mother and baby are in good health,” said Pasquale Carducci, the director of the local hospital.
Sisters in the convent said they had no idea she was expecting a baby.
“We noticed she had put on weight but recently she had kept herself to herself,” one said.
The local diocese said assistance would be given to the woman and her baby for a few weeks until she decided on her future.
The mayor of Rieti also offered help.
“If she needs assistance we will provide it, as we would for anybody,” said Simone Petrangeli.