A 31-year-old El Salvadoran nun has caught the Roman Catholic Church off guard by giving birth to a baby boy.
Roxana Rodriguez was rushed to a hospital in Rieti, Italy on Wednesday for severe stomach pains. She eventually had the baby several hours later and decided to name him Francesco in honor of the Pope.
Rodriguez apparently told doctors that her pregnancy was impossible being that she is a nun, and of course nuns are forbidden from having sex, as they are required to be chaste.
This phenomena sounds pretty familiar, right? This may or may not be yet another “virgin Mary” situation, but hey, that’s up for one’s own interpretation.
A number of sisters at the Italian convent claimed that they were oblivious of her pregnancy. One even mentioned that Rodriguez appeared to be a little heavier in size, but she was completely unaware because she kept to herself.
The head nun made a statement that Rodriguez may have just not been able to resist temptation.
As for the church, they assume that the nun was well aware of her pregnancy and believes that she intentionally kept it a secret.
Due to humiliation, a spokesman for the bishop has reported that Rodriguez, which also manages an elderly home near the convent, is forbidden from the nunnery.
“It would be preferable that she now lead a secular life with her baby, away from religious institutions,” he said.
According to BBC News, people at the hospital made donations to the mother and baby Francesco.
Sources say that she will be keeping and raising her baby.
After the news broke out worldwide, of course people had something to say about the “miracle birth.”
Nun Who Didn’t Know She Was Pregnant Gives Birth http://t.co/1MBGqGOJjv SO it’s not just the priests who abstinence doesn’t work for!
— Phylisa (@phylisajoy) January 19, 2014
I can’t believe that pregnant nun named her surprise baby “Francis” and not “Jesus”
— lisa goodwin (@LisaGoodwin1) January 20, 2014
It’s the second coming of Jesus. http://t.co/Fszuq43EgX
— Kim Guerrette (@yokimbo) January 20, 2014
The baby’s father is unknown, OR is it?
Maybe the Pope and Rodriguez have some explaining to do? Well, hopefully not.
View her official picture here.