Young nun gives birth to boy, shocking herself and Italy

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“It’s not possible, I’m a nun,” a 31-year-old told doctors on Wednesday after she had been rushed to a hospital with stomach pain only to find out she was about to have a baby.

The news ignited a rush of stories in the Italian press on Friday. Her Catholic superiors in Rieti, a small town in central Italy, seemed to want to wash their hands of the affair and are kicking her out of the convent. Continue reading

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Pope has been busy: “goosebumps” and a phone call to nuns

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When Pope Francis addressed more than 100 leaders of male religious orders in November, he didn’t mince words.

He’s worried about the way young men are trained to become priests. “Problems are not solved simply by forbidding doing this or that,” said Francis, according to the Italian Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica, which on Friday published his remarks for the first time. Seminarians should do more than just follow the rules, he said. Continue reading

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Photo: Pope embraces disfigured man

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Pope embraces disfigured manNot too long ago, he might have been forced to earn a living in a “freak show.” But on Thursday, a man suffering from neurofibromatosis — the same condition that afflicted Joseph Merrick, an Englishman who was billed as The Elephant Man — was welcomed by Pope Francis at the end of a general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Continue reading

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