The 31-year-old woman complained of stomach pains and was rushed to hospital in the small central Italian city of Rieti. But when she arrived doctors told her she was expecting.
The woman, who is originally from El Salvador, named her child Francesco (Francis) after the current Pope.
According to the Ansa news agency, she said: “I did not know I was pregnant. I only felt a stomach pain.”
The nun lives at the Little Disciples of Jesus convent near Rieti, which manages an old people’s home.
Nuns at the convent said they were ‘surprised’ and local pastor Don Fabrizio Borrello said the new mother planned to take care of the baby.
He said: “I guess she’s telling the truth when she says she arrived at the hospital unaware of the pregnancy.”
Mayor of Rieti, Simone Petrangeli, asked the public and media to respect the woman’s privacy after the news caused huge public attention.
Source: Parent dish