A nun birth occurred in Rieti, Italy, which was a shock to her and her fellow-nuns at the convent, according to the BBC on Friday. The nun, a 31-year-old Salvadoran, gave birth after experiencing abdominal pains which she thought were simply stomach cramps. After the nun was taken to a hospital, she gave birth to a baby boy – and named him Francis - named after Pope Francis.
When the nun was told by doctors that she was having contractions and giving birth, she reportedly told the doctors, "It's not possible - I'm a nun." .
The location of the nun birth - Rieti - is a small city located in the central part of Italy which has a population of some 47,700 people. The nun belongs to a convent - the Little Disciples of Jesus - which is located near the city. The convent manages an old folks’ home. As the news of a nun having a baby goes viral, the mayor of the city, Simone Petrangeli, has asked persons and the media to give the women privacy.
The incident reportedly happened two days ago when the woman summoned an ambulance. Several hours later she had a new baby boy. Clothes and donations have been collected for the nun and the baby by persons at the hospital where she gave birth.
Don Fabrizio Borrelio, a local pastor, said that he guesses the nun is telling the truth when she says she arrived at the hospital unaware of the pregnancy. He also said that she plans to take care of the baby herself.
The fellow-nuns at the convent said that they noticed that she had been gaining weight, but never imagined she was with child. The convent's mother superior, Sister Erminia, said, "It seems she was not able to resist temptation."
The Catholic Church is reportedly quite embarrassed by the nun's pregnancy and child birth. Delio Lucarelli, the Bishop of Rieti, said, "It would be preferable that she now lead a secular life with her baby, away from religious institutions." In other words, she's being kicked out of the convent. Yet, the local diocese is offering the nun and her baby is offering assistance until the woman decides on her future.
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 to pitch in and help her and the baby.
Interest in the nun birth have gone global. Jokes, naturally, about the nun birth have begun as well. There have been references to an immaculate conception, Mary and Joseph.