Friday, 17 January 2014

‘I didn’t know I was pregnant’: Nun gives birth in Italy, names baby Francis

A Salvadorean nun who said she had no idea
she was pregnant gave birth in Italy this week
after she felt stomach cramps in her convent
and was rushed to hospital, Italian media
reported on Friday.
The 31-year-old mother and her baby boy,
who weighs 3.5 kilogrammes (nine pounds),
are doing well and other new mothers in Rieti
hospital have begun collecting clothes and
donations for her, the reports said.
“I did not know I was pregnant. I only felt a
stomach pain,” the nun was quoted as saying
at the hospital, the Italian news agency ANSA
La Repubblica said she gave birth on
ANSA said the nun had named her baby
Francesco (Francis) — also the pope’s chosen
title and one of the most popular names in
Italy, where St Francis of Assisi is the much-
loved national patron saint.
The hospital could not be reached for
The nun belongs to the “Little Disciples of
Jesus” convent in Campomoro near Rieti,
which manages an old people’s home and
reports said she would keep the baby.
Her fellow nuns were quoted saying they
were “very surprised”.

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