A 31 year-old nun at the Little Disciples of Jesus convent in Rieti, Italy discovered she was pregnant and about to give birth when stomach pains sent her to the hospital on Wednesday.
Hours after arriving at the S. Camillo De Lellis hospital, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Media reported that the nun, originally from El Salvador, has named her son Francesco, the same name as Pope Francis.
Her community was "surprised" by the birth. A local pastor, Don Fabrizio Borrello, spoke to the media about the pregnancy, telling reporters "I guess she's telling the truth when she says she arrived at the hospital unaware of the pregnancy."
The nun plans to keep the baby. The hospital is accepting clothing and donations for the new mother and child.