Surprised Nun Gives Birth

Insists she had no idea she was pregnant, names kid after pope

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 18, 2014 10:36 AM CST
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(Newser) – In a not-so surprising development, a woman in Italy has named her newborn son after the pope. In a more surprising development, she happens to be a nun. The 31-year-old in Reiti went to the hospital complaining of stomach pains and reportedly rejected the doctors' crazy suggestion that she was about to have a baby, reports the Telegraph. "It's not possible, I'm a nun," the Italian press quotes her as saying. They were right, she was wrong, and little Francis soon entered the world, reports the BBC.

The unidentified woman worked in an old folks' home, but the assumption is that she got pregnant on a visit to her homeland of El Salvador. "It seems she was not able to resist temptation," says the wise mother superior of her convent. Or former convent: The local bishop says she's getting the boot for breaking her vow of chastity. The diocese and local residents are collecting donations for the newly formed family.

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