18/01/2014 09:44 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

Nun Gives Birth To Baby Boy, Says She Had No Idea She Was Pregnant

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Nuns watch during the setup of the traditional Christmas tree on St Peter's square on December 5, 2013 at the Vatican. The tree, that was cut in Regensburg, Germany, is 25 metres tall, weights 7,2 tons and is 45-year-old. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

A nun who gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday says she had no idea she was pregnant.

The 31-year-old Salvadorean woman was initially rushed to hospital in the Italian city of Rieti with stomach cramps, reports the BBC.

The baby was 9 pounds and both mother and child are said to be doing well - he has reportedly been named Francis after the Pope.

She is reported to be keeping the baby.

The nun said: "I did not know I was pregnant. I only felt a stomach pain," the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The nun belongs to the "Little Disciples of Jesus" convent in Campomoro near Rieti, which manages an old people's home.

In a wonderful understatement, other nuns at the at the convent said they were "surprised".

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