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A nun in Rieti city, Italy gave birth to a healthy baby boy, surprising fellow nuns at the convent.

The Italian media reported on Friday that  the nun who belongs to the “Little Disciples of Jesus” convent in Campomoro gave birth on Wednesday after she felt stomach cramps in her convent and was rushed to Reiti hospital,

The 31-year-old woman delivered a healthy baby weighing 3.5 kilogrammes (nine pounds.

“I did not know I was pregnant. I only felt a stomach pain,” the nun was quoted as saying at the hospital, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Nun Gives Birth to Baby Boy in Italy

A local pastor Don Fabrizio Borrello told the press that the nun planned to take care of the baby.

“I guess she’s telling the truth when she says she arrived at the hospital unaware of the pregnancy.”

The nun had named her baby Francesco (Francis), the pope’s chosen title after St Francis of Assisi, the much-loved national patron saint.