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Pregnant Nun Roxana Rodriguez: ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant, I Only Felt A Stomach Pain’

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A pregnant nun, from the Italian town of Rieti, gave birth to a baby after stating that she didn’t know she was pregnant. She said, after entering hospital, that she was having severe abdominal pains, which she assumed were stomach cramps.

When the stomach cramps turned out to be a baby boy, the nun, Roxana Rodriguez – and most other people – was shocked. The 31-year-old nun, originally from El Salvador, who belonged to a convent in Rieti, said she had absolutely no idea whatsoever that she was pregnant, suggesting that, perhaps, it was an ‘immaculate conception.’

Just to make sure she covered that base, the naughty nun decided to name the baby boy Francis, after the current Pope,- a good move, we think.

Soon after the controversial news broke in Italy, the mayor of Rieti, Simone Petrangi, appealed to local residents to respect the nun’s privacy. However, a number of local residents clubbed together, and sent clothes and donations to the hospital where the nun gave birth.

She said, following the birth of her son Francis: “I did not know I was pregnant. I only felt a stomach pain.” The question is: Are we buying it, people?

It was reported that the other nuns at the convent expressed their complete shock at the strange pregnancy of their holy sister. A local pastor, Don Fabrizio Borrelio, said that to his mind the nun was telling the truth. and had no idea she was pregnant.

So you may want to ask the pertinent question here: What do they put in the water in Rieti? But before you do, you may be surprised to learn that, in fact, a British Medical Journal revealed that, according to a study, one in 200 woman in America claim to have given birth without having had intercourse.

Either way, the controversy surrounding the nun birth has caused a lot of commotion in Catholic circles in Italy. The best part about it is that, even though the nun gave birth ‘in sin’, her local community, after the fact, rushed to aid and support her.

Here are some relevant Tweets from Twitter about the pregnant nun who gave birth in Italy:

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114 Responses to “Pregnant Nun Roxana Rodriguez: ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant, I Only Felt A Stomach Pain’”

  1. Harry McNicholas

    So the other Nuns must have thought the growth of her tummy was because she was stealing soccer balls. What the British study really meant to say was that "1 in 200 women lie about not knowing how they got pregnant". I thought that having sex and birthing a child out of wedlock was considered a sin in the Catholic church? The question should be "Who is papa?". Since she named the baby Francis, I would start looking around for a priest by the name of Francis. I know that is the Pope's name but it is a fairly common name among priests. Uh uh isn't it?

  2. Harry McNicholas

    More than likely Papa is a priest so it might be a bit tough to live together. My grandfather always said that the world would be a better place if priests turned their pants around the same way they wear their collars.

  3. Rotimi Henry

    It doesnt make sense to me that someone delibrately refrain from marriage and then proceed to fornicate; sex within marriage isnt a sin, but sex outside marriage is wrong, so why set yourself up to commit sin against the very God you claim to represent.

  4. Rotimi Henry

    Lets get something clear here; the kid has done nothing wrong, so lets reserve the venom for those who have actually broken the rules of decency.

  5. Harry McNicholas

    The wonder is Amodu is that people suck up this nonsense and believe what the Nun says. Anyone with any brain would tell you that when a woman becomes pregnant she no longer has a period. 9 months without a period and this Nun did not have a clue? Also, unless she was as big as a house, her stomach would grow so large to be very noticeable. She and the rest of the Nuns would know immediately that she was pregnant. My suggestions is for her to come clean with her Mother Superior and tell her who is Papa and I don't mean Papa Francis. That way the father (the real one) can help support the child. Sorry no woman ever became pregnant and not knowing how she became pregnant. Today she can be artificially inseminated but this Nun was not artificially inseminated. She was likely inseminated by a local priest.

  6. Ob Bop

    Rotimi Henry … if your reply is aimed at either of the two above comments you need to improve your reading comprehension abilities greatly or continue to leave yourself open to ridicule for being idiotic.

  7. Harry McNicholas

    That was not necessary Rotimi. The convent gave her the boot. She had gone on vacation to her home in El Salvador and whoops fell off the wagon. Well, she only did it a little bit.

  8. MariCris Yacapin

    this is "the work of the devil!" please, just be honest. :( you're a nun, you must be morally responsible of your acts.

  9. Ob Bop

    Rotimi Henry … well.. if the Bible you apparently place so much faith says that you may only cast a stone if you are sin-free then your comments may be in violation of writ thus condemning your supposed immortal soul to an eternity, maybe even longer, within the bowels of Heck and suffer eternal, maybe even longer, excruciating agony. Have a nice day!!!!!

  10. Harry McNicholas

    Ob Bop Sorry but she was a servant of God and not a civilian. She took vows to become a Nun. I took a vow to serve 4 years for my country and I kept it as have many men and women. This is not about sin but about keeping your vows. Learn the difference.. Also, she was booted out of the convent not because she sinned but because she broke her vows.

  11. Harry McNicholas

    MariCris. This is not straight morality but living by the vows you take. Many of us were in the military and many of us were not so good at keeping good morals. However, we kept our vow to serve our country. This lady broke her word by not keeping her vows.

  12. Harry McNicholas

    Rotimi Henry Sorry but this has nothing to do with "decency" but keeping your word. Thousands of men have served in the Marines (women also) and I quote Mrs. Roosevelt. "The U.S., Marines, cleanest bodies and dirtiest minds. Highest morale and lowest morals. God bless the U.S. Marines". They keep their vow to serve their country as all who serve in the U.S. military (I did for 4 years). This lady did not keep her vows and that is lowest of the low and has nothing to do with sin.

  13. Sasha N Lynn

    Harry McNicholas, actually in some pregancies the mother can still have a period and I've known some women that when they were with child didn't get very big at all. If its true that she doesn't know how she got pregnant, she could have been roofied on her vacation. We don't know all the facts and shouldn't judge her as there is two sides to every story.

  14. Harry McNicholas

    Sasha N Lynn I have never seen a woman who is pregnant continue with her period. Some women have bleeding due to the pregnancy. Missing your period is one of the first indications of a pregnancy. You can miss one but not two or three. As to not showing, only a woman who is very heavy would not show that much. Sorry my wife had three and she showed everyone of them. This Nun and likely the other Nuns simply hid it as long as they could. Many Nuns have become pregnant and the babies were either put up for adoption or in years past were killed and buried at the church. Sorry but she admitted having sex on her vacation and she was expelled from the convent. There is more information on Spanish language websites. Also, she was likely expelled from the convent, not for committing sin, but for breakiing her vow.

  15. Teresa Cruz

    Rotimi Henry – pay no attention to what ob Bop said. You are right, Henry. People like to say things when they don't know the facts. It's the Nun's business and nobody else. And it was not a priest, the father of that child but a old love that she met. The important thing is that child. The only people who are ridicule and idiotic are the ones who made stupid comments above

  16. Harry McNicholas

    Teresa Cruz Unfortunately Teresita since the Nun was booted out of the convent it becomes the problem of the community since the lady likely has no means to support a child. She could return to El Salvador but then she becomes a burden on her family. When we act we do not realize that our actions affect everything and everyone around us. Like a pebble in the pond. If she decides to return to El Salvador, then she brings to her country another mouth to feed in a very poor country. I am in Mexico and I see many many teenage single girls with babies. They must live with their parents and most times the parents are struggling just to have the resources for themselves. We may think that babies are made in heaven when in fact they are made in the backseats of automobiles. You want a baby? Then get married to a stable man with enough income and maturity to support a child. The child deserves nothing less.

  17. Christine Butler

    I have had 5 children & in my last pregnancy i had periods all the way through. My weight never went past 8stone, Drs & midwives kept an eye on me constantly as i really didn't start to show till week 28. I was still in size 8 clothing. I only knew i was pregnant as i was in the hospital with bad pains & bleeding, they thought i had kidney stones & done an ultra sound scan on me, to find i was 11wks pregnant. I had 2 hemorrhages & on the 2nd they gave me an emergency C-section at 31wks. My baby girl & myself were really poorly. My bleeding never stopped for 18mths (wasn't a normal period was everyday) i had a full hystorectomy at the age of 32. It stopped the bleeding being so bad, but i was still spotting from somewhere.
    My point is You CAN bleed all the way through pregnancy, i no of others that have done it. Also if you baby is more settled in your back then you don't show much.

  18. Brahm Mauer

    Check her "down under" to see if her cherry has been popped. That should settle it.

  19. Tim Wright

    I believe her? all those black teens that went to prison really were innocent they really didn't know how the drugs got into the car and it wasn't theirs either!

  20. Kaitlin Deegan

    Ever heard of the TV show "I didn't know I was pregnant"? It isn't so far fetched. She knew she had sex. She didn't know she was pregnant.

  21. Donna del Valle

    I'm sorry but she is full of crap. I believe she didn't know she was pregnant, but she says she didn't have sex. I don't think so. She is not the virgin Mary and there is only one Messiah. Put your big girl panties on and be honest. We are all human and we mess up. We all have urges and if you sinned, ask for forgiveness and move on.

  22. Harry McNicholas

    Penny Elaine Fink You did not offer anything different. If you know women so well, then why insist that a pregnant woman continues to have her period?

  23. Harry McNicholas

    Sorry Donna but when you take a vow, you do not "mess" up. Millions of men and women take vows all the time and keep those vows. If she wanted to have sex, fine, leave the order and do it all she wants.

  24. Chieh-Li Jelly Lee

    ‘immaculate conception’? Then the other half of the DNA must belong to God. Quick! Get it isolated, maybe it is perfect and disease free.

  25. Harry McNicholas

    Very unlikely. More likely you were bleeding due to your pregnancy. Sorry if I do not buy your story. So if you did not show any bump, just where was the baby hiding, in the closet?

  26. Harry McNicholas

    Sorry Michelle, she took a vow and she was not a civilian. When you take a vow, you keep it or die trying. If you do not think so I suggest asking all the men and women who have served their country because of a vow. She was given the boot from the convent. Most likely because she broke her vow.

  27. Donna del Valle

    Harry McNicholas You're tight, she did take a vow. That's why she is lieing. She needs to stand up and be accountable for what she did. My point is, it's not the end of the world. Women up, be honest and move on

  28. Harry McNicholas

    If you practice sex without some form of birth control, then you stand a fairly good chance of becoming pregnant. You have two choices, not to have sex or use a form of birth control not to become pregnant. The Nun took a vow not to have sex and broke her vow.

  29. Harry McNicholas

    That is not necessary and is an invasion of her privacy. She had a baby and now she must attempt to care for the baby. I feel sorry for the child because life may not be too easy.

  30. Harry McNicholas

    So why do you find the article "mean spirited"? A Nun broke her vow, had sex and became pregnant. Are you one of the "moderns' who consider keeping a vow nothing of value?

  31. Harry McNicholas

    So why do you find the article "mean spirited"? A Nun broke her vow, had sex and became pregnant. Are you one of the "moderns' who consider keeping a vow nothing of value?

  32. Christine Butler

    Harry McNicholas, I am not a liar i bled all through my pregnancy & by c-section had a 3lb 7oz beautiful baby girl, whose now a bubbly 5yr old. I only ever had a tiny bump & was in size 8 clothing. Obviously my bleeding wasn't only to do with the pregnancy as it carried on for 18mth afterwards.

  33. Harry McNicholas

    Donna del Valle Actually, you are right in the first comment. I am a well known tight wad. As an old geezer, it disturbs me to see people not keeping vows. They take a vow to their spouses and then cheat. They vow to their clients to act in their best interests and then cheat. They vow to their "flocks" to take good care of them and their children and then abuse them and their children. If you make a vow, keep it of tell the other person or people that you can no longer abide by the vow and break it off honestly. Don't be a cheat which is the lowest of the low lifes. As Americans, we must realize that many many men and women took vows to defend our country and many of those lost their lives full filling those vows. How can we do any less? I feel sorry for the child but not for the woman. Not because she is a woman and committed some sin but that she broke her vow.

  34. Kaitlin Deegan

    Does it say when she took her vows? How do you know if she broke her vows? Maybe she took her vows before finding out she was pregnant. Don't judge something you don't know. Many women become nuns after having too much sec and coming to regret it.

  35. Diana Cornwell

    ok you all are forgetting one important and crucial detail. these articles do not say when she became a nun. for all we know she could have only become a nun 2 months ago and was pregnant before making the choice to serve God in the way she has chosen. Second….I trully hope none of you claim to be christians for the sheer fact you are condemning a woman for going against vows she has chosen ad you all are going against what the bible tells us. Do not judge! It is not our place to determine fault. you have made yourselves judge ad jury ad that is not your place. Best step back ad take a look at yourselves before casting judgement on her.

  36. Donna del Valle

    Harry McNicholas That's what's wrong with the world today. No one keeps their word. I teach my children to be a person of integrity. that's what this world lacks. by the way, I saw your other posts and Thank you so much for your service and keeping your vow to protect and serve. Kudos!!

  37. Harry McNicholas

    Donna del Valle Thank you Donna but I want to say I just did my job and I was no hero. I did keep my vow. I have been married to the same woman for 46 years and both us kept our vow. I am sorry if I seem harsh on some of the people supporting the woman but there are some things we must defend and one of those is keeping your word.

  38. Harry McNicholas

    Kaitlin Deegan She is a Nun and not a Nun to be. Sorry but when you become a Nun you take vows. You do not take the vows and you are not a Nun. No question she was a Nun before she went on vacation to El Salvador. That is why she was given the boot from the convent. Not because she sinned but rather because she broke her vows.

  39. Harry McNicholas

    Sharad Tavkar Sorry Sharad but she broke her vow to God. Unless this former Nun is well educated and can work in Italy, she will have a very hard time to support the child. Returning to El Salvador with the baby is not a great option since it means another baby to feed in a very poor country. I see many many young single girls here in Mexico with babies and all that happens is that they become a burden to the parents who likely themselves struggling to survive. To all young ladies. You want a baby? Fine get a good stable husband who will be there with you to raise the child. As I said before, most babies are not made in heaven but in the backseat of automobiles.

  40. Lindsay Ann

    Reading the comments on here, one guy in particular needs to quit ACTING all high and mighty. 1. People make mistakes-vow or no vow. 2. People feel fear and embarrassment, causing some to lie because of how afraid or embarrassed they are. 3. Women can go through an entire pregnancy and still have their period. It's not common, but does happen. It happened with my mother. 4. I'm sure you've heard there is only One with the right to judge anybody. 5. Every woman's body is different. If she is naturally not the thinnest of people, she may have not had a noticeable change to her mid section. Even some small women barely show. There is someone as far along as I am, skinnier than i am, and it just looks like she is bloated from eating too much or gas. 6. You've fallen just as much into all this hoopla as those you criticize for doing so and believing her.

  41. Rachel Moreschi

    I've noticed a lot comments say she's terrible for not keeping her vows, but what if she was raped?

  42. Betty Sherlin Schueler

    You can get pregnant without having intercourse. I suspect the poor nun didn't even know what was going on since nuns generally take their vows when young women. It isn't like they are given lectures on sex so that they will know what is happening. I taught high-school health and was amazed at the amount of ignorance my students had about sex or even what acts are considered sex. And everyone should know by now that a woman can carry a child to term and have no idea she is pregnant.

  43. Elaine Murray

    what you all are forgetting is first and foremost, she is a human being, sin or not, God will forgive her, pregnancy the oldest thing on the books. It will be about her personel struggle.

  44. Nat Suh Smart

    I'm not going to judge this young lady. All I can say is that GOD is a forgiving GOD, so if she stepped out of line she can confess and pray for forgiveness and undergo periods of fasting. The convent should not turn their backs on her. None of us are perfect.

  45. Lee Burnett

    Nuns have been having babies since the beginning of the Catholic Church. Why the shock?

  46. Joseph Harmon

    I'm sure something very similar was said to Mary, wife of Joseph, Mother to Jesus. Matthew 7:1-3, Judge not, that ye be not judged.

  47. Harry McNicholas

    Joseph Harmon It is not a question of judgement but rather one of keeping ones vows. The Nun did not keep her vows and was sent from the convent. You are either a person who keeps his or her word or you are not. The Nun was not.

  48. Sam Landolfi

    Harry what credentials do you have to tell all of these woman that they are wrong and that you know better than them? When you become an ob/gyn AND view every woman throughout their entire pregnancy, then you can tell women that you know better. Until then, get a life and stop trying to cause issues grow up.

  49. Harry McNicholas

    Sam Landolfi Sorry I do not need credentials, just a brain. So you are a doctor Sam? Tell me about all those pregnant women who continued with their period after getting pregnant. In 69 years of knowing a thousand pregnant women, I never met one. The first indication of being pregnant was that they missed their period. That they would continue, show me the site that says that.

  50. Tracey Walker

    I find it hard to believe she is or was a virgin and the priest father needs to step up. God didn't want us to be celebrate. He told us to marry and prosper. That's why those priests resort to child abuse and such.

  51. Grunt Crenshaw

    She could of been raped, and forgave. She could of been drugged. A suspicion of doubt in a court of law is sufficiant, I chose not to challange her , I choose not to cast stones. Maybe for no other reason then the fact that I may be next in line. HEY just being honest…….. are you? Giving birth is not a crime, abortion is condoned and it is murder. See how badly we chose to judge. Why not leave judgement to a all knowing, all seeing God who has all the facts, and does not need an appeals court.

  52. Grunt Crenshaw

    Why is there no world peace? Because the UN is not run by young girls, after all they know EVERYTHING just ask them.

  53. Grunt Crenshaw

    I agree however being in Juarez,MX this is not uncommon with gang rape drugs…….. don't assume she lied at all.

  54. Grunt Crenshaw

    Harry McNicholas ever here of gang rape drugs, I live in Juarez and many "very" young girls experiance this unfortunately, and mostly at the hand of relatives, mainly fathers!

  55. Pam Schultz

    Mr. McNicholas you don't know what her situation was any more then the rest of us do and yet you have condemned her. We don't know when she entered the convent so she may have been pregnant upon entering. Also, here is a hot news flash for those that say you can't get pregnant without having sex, you are mistaking sexual activity for actual penetration. Yes a woman CAN get pregnant without ever having sexual penetration.

  56. Ami Abedin

    Now the nun knows who is the father of the baby. I hope now nun taking rest beside her baby father. I need one nun for doing same.

  57. Cheryl Trecartin

    Not knowing when she became a nun is important in this story. Having said that, she should now give up being a nun and raise her son. Judgement belongs to God, not us.

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  59. Bruce Alan Wilson

    She might have been slipped a date-rape drug; I'm told that often the victim doesn't remember what happened afterwards. She may have suppressed the memory, that happens as well.

  60. Kathleen Karrer-Lewis

    Harry McNicholas Educate yourself before you open your mouth…as a medical practitioner I will tell you pregnancy does not stop the monthly bleeding in all women…hormonal balance in the body controls that. Second there are a lot of women (more than several thousand) in the world who gave birth without ever changing their waist measurements more than 2 inches…having seen women lose weight in pregnancy and even giving birth with the only weight change was the amound of the baby itself…Due to the fact you are not trained in this field of knowledge and are a male so cannot possible 'feel' what being pregnant is or isn't your best frame of reference is ignorance..Save your mouthing off for something you have education in..if any.especially when you call someone a liar.

  61. Christine Butler

    Thank you very much Kathleen Karrer-Lewis. I had 4 babies & never had a period & put on weight, but my 5th pregnancy i bled all way through & lost weight.

  62. Sandra Noël Larsen

    I didn't know I was pregnant. In other words, I didn't know I had sex? what is happening to the world. Just say it. Stop all the b….. A nuun had sex and had a baby. Period! Get out of church and get a life! And I also agree with Michael Cox1

  63. Kristy Nash

    Grunt Crenshaw Come on now. She said she didn't know she was pregnant, so she obvs wasn't raped. She's just trying to cover her ass. Which is ridiculous, seeing as how the Catholic church are the only Christians that have to take a ridiculous vow of celibacy. She had sex. Because she wanted to, because she's a human being. It doesn't make her a bad person, or even a bad Christian for that matter.

  64. Kristy Nash

    Harry McNicholas Get the fuck over yourself, you are a broken record. The Catholic church needs to catch up with the rest of the world. SEX IS NOT A SIN.

  65. Denexoidea Ideadenexo

    Grunt Crenshaw So you don't think she had sex, or that priests never abused children?

  66. Denexoidea Ideadenexo

    Harry McNicholas Vows are bullshit, especially when the person that takes one is ill-informed and inexperienced. A nun that obviously knows little or nothing about sex and how to prevent STDs/Preg gets pregnant, what a shock… well not really.

  67. Charles Neely

    so it was an of god as too how she got pregnant.. give me a break a humans can not self impregnate
    only certain specie can do it , as amn I
    can not self im pregante unless igot male and female productive organs .. otherwise it impossible ta least for me as a man I got full male organ nothing else .. now if iwas born with this rare generics anomaly .. who knows ?

  68. John Smith

    It DOSENT matter if she had sex or not.didn't Mary conceive Jesus without having sex? Or are you sickos he'll bent on kiddie abuse Ya sick fucks

  69. John Dalberg-Acton

    I think people constantly get this thing about " Do not judge" wrong.

    We make necessary judgments of people's character everyday, other wise we would not survive. God gave us reason and intellect to use wisely to navigate the perils of life and one of the biggest perils to look out for is people of bad character. Thus we make judgments based on people behavior.

    When Jesus said let the person without sin cast the first stone (at the adulterous woman), which is where I think this incorrect concept of being non-judgmental comes from, He wasn't talking about judgment as she was already known by him to be guilty which is why he told her to go and sin no more in the end. What he was talking about was mercy, just punishment, and forgiving a repentant person.

    I believe the correct Christian concept of judgment is "do not judge the state of a person's soul (their salvation)". That is for God alone as only God knows the truth of anyone's heart and thus their salvation and the human soul is under God's sovereignty, not ours.

    As to the nun. God Bless her and the baby. But, at the same time, some one of responsibility in the Religious Order, must, for her good and that of the order, have a discussion with her and make some judgment of her story, her demeanor, and other information that is available in order to address the situation going forward.

  70. Deborah Allison

    These things happen. The nice thing about this story is how the city of Rieti rallied around her. I remember when I lived in Italy an old lady said to me, in regard to unplanned pregnancy, something I never forgot: "Every child is a gift and a joy." Every child is a child of God and we shouldn't forget that.

  71. John Dalberg-Acton

    You make an interesting point!

    Jesus pointed out that the child is precious to God, and the human family is the core relationship of life, only second to one's relationship with God. This would lead me to agree with you that a women and man who fathered the child, (if consentual) should strongly consider leaving any religious order they are in and marrying to become a family with the child.

    Of course in this particular incident the who's, what's and where's and why's are not known so we can not presume to know what should be done.

  72. Harry McNicholas

    Grunt Crenshaw That is totally different and has nothing to do with young and many single girls here in Mexico getting pregnant. Mexico has many social, moral and ethical problems. With 500 years of Christian teaching you would think that those things would not be issues but they are very serious issues. I feel bad because half my family is Mexican. Petty theft is rampant. Dishonest business dealings are the norm and not the exception. Both men and women acting irresponsibly. Birth control is widely available in Mexico and very inexpensive but it is not being used enough. The whole political establishment is totally corrupt as are the police and judicial branch of the government. Bribery is how everything is accomplished. The last President of our town stole 3 million dollars from the treasury and nothing was ever done to him. Any culture must have a set of morals, mores and ethics to function and Mexico has none. All young people you make a vow keep it. Don't be a flake.

  73. Harry McNicholas

    Sorry VIcki but she took a vow not to have sex. If she could not continue with the vow, then the honorable thing is to leave the order. If a couple who are married decide they can no longer abide by their vows, they terminate the marriage. Don't cheat!

  74. Harry McNicholas

    She is 31 years old and she is not a novice. She went on vacation from the order and had sex on her vacation. I am not a Christian so I am not going against the Bible but I do believe in keeping your vows.. Also, she was given the boot not for her sin but for breaking her vow. I think you and other Americans need to learn about vows and keeping your word. Some years back it came to people's attention in the Philippines that there was still a Japanese soldier hid out in the jungle. Many efforts were taken to get him to come in and surrender but to no avail. Finally his ex commander came to the island and talked him into surrendering. He had taken a vow to fight for his country. 29 years he kept his vow and hid out in the jungle alone. He did the honorable thing and brought in his sword and surrendered. That is a man of his word. No regrets. No hatred of the enemy just an average shmo who kept his word.