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Nun who gave birth to boy to move into shelter

Woman likely to leave hospital on Wednesday for new life

21 January, 17:43
Nun who gave birth to boy to move into shelter (ANSA) - Rieti, January 21 - A 32-year-old nun who gave birth last week to a baby boy in central Italy will likely leave hospital Wednesday to move into a shelter with her baby, officials said Tuesday.

The nun, originally from El Salvador, gave birth on January 15 in Rieti to the baby she named Francesco Alessandro, in honour of Pope Francis.

The sister had been taken to the emergency ward of the hospital after strong pains in her belly raised concern among her fellow nuns, who called an ambulance, according to unnamed sources.

The baby, whose birth was officially registered with the city of Rieti north of Rome, weighed three and a half kilograms.

The nun told hospital staff she was not aware of being pregnant, thinking that the pain she was in was just a severe belly-ache.

She had been interning as a nun in the Campomoro convent, where the Piccole Discepole di Gesu' (Small Disciples of Christ) manage a senior citizens' home.