The Catholic Church is investigating two nuns who returned to Italy pregnant after missionary trip in Africa despite taking a vow of chastity.
The two women, who belonged to different orders in Sicily, had both traveled to Madagascar in Africa.
One of the women aged 34 years learned that she was expecting when she went to the hospital with stomach pain, Italian outlet ANSA reported.
She was transferred to a different order in Palermo and may leave nunhood to raise the child.
The other woman, a mother superior, left for her home country of Madagascar after she was found to be one-month pregnant.
“An investigation has been launched. They both breached strict rules of chastity, but the welfare of their children is uppermost,” a church source told ANSA.
Nuns and priests must take a vow of chastity to become ordained, meaning they aren’t allowed to engage in sex.
Pope Francis admitted earlier this year that some nuns had been sexually abused by clerics.
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