An unidentified nun, age 31, has given birth to a baby boy and has told everyone she did not know she was even pregnant. She was taken to a hospital in the Italian city of Rieti after she complained of severe stomach cramps. When she got to the hospital, she was diagnosed as being in labor. The young woman, who originally comes from the country of El Salvador, ended up giving birth to a boy who weighed in at nine pounds. She named her baby boy Francis after the present Pope, according to news reports. Mother and baby were reported to both be doing fine and other new moms that were also in the hospital were going around collecting clothes for the child.
Simone Petrangeli, who is the mayor of Rieti, Italy, has requested the media and the general public to give the woman some privacy after the news raised a large amount of public attention. This Italian city is extremely small, with a population of less than 50,000 people. The woman was rushed to the local hospital by an emergency vehicle on Wednesday morning. It was only a few hours later that she had given birth to a baby boy.
She was reported as saying that she did not realize she was even pregnant, she said that she only felt stomach pains. The woman was a nun at the Little Disciples of Jesus convent, which was near Rieti. The convent was in charge of a home for elderly sick people.
Other nuns who reside at the convent exclaimed that they were surprised at the news of their fellow nun’s pregnancy, to say the least, because the nun had taken a vow of chastity. Local Catholic priest Don Fabrizio Borrello stated that the new mother said she planned on taking care of her new baby.
He added that he thought she was telling the truth when she said she was unaware of her pregnancy when she got to the hospital. The nun herself is telling everyone that she never had any type of sexual intercourse. However, not many people seem to believe her story. The mother superior at the convent where she lived declared that it appeared she was unable to resist temptation.
Supposedly in the back of the ambulance, the paramedics told her she was in labor but she responded to them that that was not possible because she was a nun. Yet they were right and later in the morning her son was born. It may be hard to believe, but a recent survey of nearly 8,000 American females discovered that nearly one percent of the applicants stated they also were virgins, despite having had children. The women declared they had never had any type of sexual intercourse, nor had they had any type of aided reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization.
The Catholic Church is very displeased with the new mother, stating it believes she hid the pregnancy. Nuns have to take three vows: one of chastity, one of poverty and one of obedience. The vow of chastity means that nuns are not to marry or have sex. The nun will be severely reprimanded for breaking her vow, and it will be most desirable if she now leads some sort of secular life away from any religious institutions, with her baby.
The nun has given birth to her baby boy and now will have to live with the aftermath. One cannot help but wonder where the father is? This is a sad story on all fronts.
By Kimberly Ruble