However, a nun has given birth after claiming she had no idea she was pregnant. The 31-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital in the central Italian city of Rieti after complaining of sudden stomach pains.
“It’s not possible; I’m a nun,” she told doctors, according to Italian press reports cited by the Telegraph. Is she claiming to be a Virgin Mary? But it appears her fellow nuns aren’t quite buying that it could have been a virgin birth. “It seems she was not able to resist temptation,” said the convent’s mother superior, Sister Erminia.
The woman, who is originally from El Salvador, named her child Francesco (Francis) after the current Pope, according to the BBC.
No matter how she got pregnant, some seem willing to believe she had no idea she was pregnant. “I guess she’s telling the truth when she says she arrived at the hospital unaware of the pregnancy,” a local pastor, Don Fabrizio Borrello, told journalsits, noting the nun plans to keep the baby. The nun, whose name wasn’t released, belongs to the Little Disciples of Jesus convent, which is in charge of managing an elderly living facility.
A spokesman for Delio Lucarelli, bishop of Rieti, announced the new mother most likely won’t be at the convent for long, saying, “It would be preferable that she now lead a secular life with her baby, away from religious institutions.”