Pregnant Nun Birth By Roxana Rodriguez Honors Pope Francis By Baby Name

A pregnant nun named Roxana Rodriguez just gave birth and she's decided to name her child in honor of Pope Francis. Unfortunately, flattery may not work out too well in this case...

In a related report from The Inquisitr, some think the 400 defrocked Catholic priests are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Vatican sex abuse scandal. Pope Francis has also been busy trying to clean up the Vatican bank after some accusation soured the image of the Catholic Church.

The nun birth shocked the Catholic world, although the mother was apparently just as shocked as anyone else. The 31-year-old El Salvador nun was taken to San Camillo de Lellis hospital after complaining about stomach pains. She apparently thought she was suffering from an "ongoing gastric infection and cystitis, a bladder infection, and thought the swelling in her abdomen was related to poor digestion." Instead, she found out she was about to give birth to a 7.7 pound boy several hours later.

Some reports claim she might have been keeping the pregnancy a secret from the Roman Catholic church. But others say after seeing the ultrasound the pregnant nun screamed at the doctors, "It's not possible, I can't give birth, I'm a nun!" The other nuns of the Rieti convent, which is north of Rome, claim they did not know Sister Rodiguez was expecting a child at all:

"We noticed she had put on weight but recently she had kept herself to herself."
Roxana Rodriguez had only become a nun in September of 2012 and thus had only recently taken a vow of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Father Benedetto Falcetti, head of the regional branch of the Catholic charity Caritas, says the nun returned to her hometown of El Salvador during the spring of 2013 to renew her passport. But while visiting the nun "did not know how to resist temptation" and ended up "rekindling a childhood flame."

While the formerly pregnant nun has written an apology letter to her superiors for breaking her vows, she still seems pretty happy with the turn that life has taken:

"How do I feel? More like a mum than a nun.... I will definitely take care of my baby because he is a gift of God. I called him Francis in honour of our South American pope. However I am very worried about the commotion that this has stirred up. They are talking about this, not only in Italy but in my own country and I am afraid to return there."
Unfortunately, Delio Lucarelli, the bishop of Rieti, decided the nun birth was way too much and has expelled Rodriguez from the convent to "lead a secular life with her baby, away from religious institutions." While the former Sister is stuck with the stigma of being the pregnant nun, the good news is that the local diocese and the mayor of Rieti have offered to help her out while she decides what to do next.