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Nun Gives Birth To Baby Boy And Names Him After Pope Francis

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A nun has given birth to a baby boy after being rushed to the hospital. She is claiming she had no idea she was pregnant.

The baby has been named after Pope Francis.

The El Salvadorian nun, 31, whose name has not been made public, was rushed to a hospital in the Italian city of Reiti after complaining of stomach pains, reports the Daily Mail. Doctors soon realized her stomach pains were contractions and she was indeed pregnant and in labor.

The Italian press is reporting she told doctors, "It's not possible, I'm a nun."

The nun lives at the Little Disciples of Jesus convent near Reiti, and other nuns at the convent say they were surprised by the news. They had noticed her gaining weight, but she had kept her private life to herself.

Sister Erminia, the convent's mother superior, said, "It seems she was not able to resist temptation."

Local pastor Don Fabrizio Borrello stated, "I guess she's telling the truth when she says she arrived at the hospital unaware of the pregnancy."

The Telegraph reports that the Catholic Church is embarrassed by the discovery of her pregnancy, and that she will now have to leave her convent since she broke 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 local diocese has offered the nun assistance until she decides on the future her baby and she will have. The mayor of Reiti has also offered help.