Nun unexpectedly births baby boy in Italy
Nuns watch during the setup of the traditional Christmas tree on St Peter's square on December 5, 2013 at the Vatican. The tree, that was cut in Regensburg, Germany, is 25 metres tall, weights 7,2 tons and is 45-year-old. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: Image by AFP/Getty Images
While America watches reruns of TLC's "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant," a Salvadorean nun, 31, was rushed to an Italian hospital on Wednesday and unexpectedly gave birth to a baby boy.
The Italian media got word of the "miracle" birth by Friday, Jan. 17. "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," reported ANSA. "She had, in fact, for many years been interning as a nun in the Campomoro convent, where the Piccole Discepole di Gesù (Small Disciples of Christ) manage an old people's home."
The baby was named Francesco (Francis), after "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 Huffington Post noted.
According to BBC News, "Fellow nuns at the convent said they were 'surprised' by the news."
Although this birth has created an international buzz in Rieti, a small city of 47,700 inhabitants, town mayor Simone Petrangeli has asked for respect for the nun, whose name remains unconfirmed at this time. No word, either, on the identity of the baby's father.
For now, hospital staff have initiated a donation of clothes and funds to support the new mother and child.