Two #Catholic nuns become pregnant while working in Africa

The Catholic Church has launched an investigation after two nuns became pregnant while carrying out missionary work in Africa.

The two women have not been named but they are both reported to originally be from Africa and now belong to two different orders in Sicily.

The pair were posted to their home continent as part of their charity mission, but upon returning home they discovered they were pregnant, despite having taken a vow of chastity.

One of the women, aged 34, discovered her pregnancy when she went to hospital with stomach pain, Italian news agency ANSA reports.

She is believed to belong to a convent in Militello, Sicily, but the 34-year-old has now moved to Palermo to prepare for the birth of her baby.

It is thought she may choose to give up her monastic life and focus on raising her child.

Salvatore Riotta, the mayor of Militello, said the news of the nun’s pregnancy left the village “shocked,” adding it “should have been kept quiet.”

The second nun was a mother superior, which is a senior monastic in charge of a convent or order.

She had been based at an institute which helps “fallen women and their children,” but reportedly returned to her home country after learning she was carrying a child.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis admitted many nuns had been sexually abused, calling it a “serious, grave problem.”

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