The 32-year-old nun was delivered to hospital with complains on acute pain in the stomac. After quick examining, doctors found out that the woman was pregnant.
The nun, who originally comes from El Salvador, began to feel severe abdominal cramps on Wednesday and gave birth just a few hours later.
The young mother and her child, who weighs 3.5 kilograms (7.7 pounds), are reported to be doing well and other new mothers in a local hospital, where the nun gave birth to he baby, have begun collecting clothes and donations for her. “Both mother and baby are in good health,” confirmed Pasquale Carducci, the director of the local hospital.
“I did not know I was pregnant. I only felt a stomach pain,” the woman assured everybody at the hospital. “It’s not possible, I’m a nun,” she told doctors, according to the Italian press.
The nun, whose name won’t revealed, had been working in an old people’s home attached to the Campomoro convent near Italian town 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.” She went on, adding that all the nuns were absolutely devasted with the latest news.
According to rumors, last year the 31-year0-old nun travelled to her native country. And when she returned back, her sisters claim, she became much more silent and was spending all her time praying. It’s possible, they say, that the nun got pregnant during her visit.
Other nuns who work in the convent said they had no idea that one of them was expecting a baby. “We noticed she had put on weight but recently she had kept herself to herself,” one said.
Meanwhile, the local diocese promised that the new mother and her baby would help her and support 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.
However, the scandalous news embarrassed the Catholic Church in Italy, with the local bishop saying that the nun 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.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis, after whom was named the nun’s baby boy, stands against abortion. A few days ago he claimed that abortion is “horrific”, describing it as part of a “throwaway culture” that has grown to encompass human beings themselves.
Speaking in his annual “State of the World” address, the Pope finally bowed to conservative Catholic demands that he break his silence on what they call “the evil of abortion”, reports The Independent.
“It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” he said.