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Nun birth: Pregnant nun gives birth to baby boy

Pregnant nun birth update: A Catholic nun, who delivered a child of her own in Italy on Wednesday, claims she doesn't know why she had a baby, let alone became pregnant. However, the Mother Superior at the convent said she is not convinced the Salvadorean nun gave birth to a baby boy unknowingly. Moreover, she doesn't buy the "Immaculate Conception" rumors of a virgin birth, citing a Jan. 18 Slate report.

 A nun walks past the Sacro Convento and Saint Francis Basilica prior to Pope Francis' visit on October 3, 2013 in Assisi, Italy.
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A pregnant nun gives birth to a baby boy and the first thought is of shock and awe. After all, Catholic Sisters pledge chastity in their lifelong service to God.

The other reaction, which is the prevailing one, is of utter disbelief. And then there is an accumulation of humor from every possible angle. But no matter how shameful and appalling this sounds -- according to some responses in Internet forums -- this strange news story took place.

Reportedly, the unnamed woman, who belongs to the "Little Disciples of Jesus" convent, called for an ambulance in the early morning hours with complaints of severe abdominal pains. She was rushed to the hospital, where she received the shocking news: she was pregnant and about to deliver a child. Apparently, she was in labor and was unaware of a pregnancy.

I did not know I was pregnant. I only felt a stomach pain," said the 31-year-old nun who gave birth to a 7.7 pound baby boy at Reiti Hospital.

It's not possible, I'm a nun," she told doctors at the hospital, suggesting she is a virgin and child was "immaculately conceived."

However, Sister Erminia, the convent's mother superior, was not convinced the nun gave birth to the baby boy and the new mom was oblivious she was pregnant during the entire term.

A nun birth? Well, as far-fetched as this story sounds, the science supports several cases where an alarming number of women report they never had sex, but still became pregnant.

In 2013, the British Medical Journal reported the results of a study on women and reproductive health. The findings from researchers were astounding: nearly one percent of women in the United States make such claims. Citing the study, of the 5,340 participants, 45 women claimed to have had a "virgin pregnancy."

So, a pregnant nun gives birth, but claims until the end that she was unaware and could not have gotten pregnant because she was celibate.

Some of the religious order say the sister should leave the convent and lead a worldly life away from the Church. At least one pastor said she and her baby should be loved, supported, and spared from the "haters."

God bless her and her child! May God protect her from all the judgers... "@HuffPostRelig: A nun who gave birth"

— Father Albert Cutie (@padrealberto) January 18, 2014

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