A shocked nun has given birth to a baby boy, and named him after Pope Francis.


The 31-year-old nun, who comes originally from El Salvador, was rushed to hospital from her convent in the Italian city of Rieti – only to find, to her huge surprise, that her 'stomach pains' were in fact labour pains.

She gave birth to a healthy baby boy a few hours later.

"I did not know I was pregnant. I only felt a stomach pain," she said, according to a report from Ansa, a local news agency – which also described the new mum's fellow nuns at the convent as being "surprised" by the news.

The new-mum nun has named her baby Francesco (Francis) – also the chosen title of the Pope – and other mothers at the hospital have begun collecting clothes and donations for her and her child, say the Italian media.

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"I guess she's telling the truth when she says she arrived at the hospital unaware of the pregnancy," local pastor Don Fabrizio Borrello is quoted as saying.

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