On a humanitarian journey to Africa, Catholic nuns became pregnant
After two missionary nuns were pregnant while working in Africa, the Catholic Church launched an investigation.
Despite their vows of chastity, the two women, who belonged to separate religious orders in Sicily, expect children.
One of them, a mother superior, discovered that she was pregnant for several weeks while the other woman found the news when she complained of stomach pain.
The nuns and their profession are now facing an uncertain future and the controversy has created ' consternation ' among the clergy.
According to Italian news agency ANSA, one of the women, aged 34, revealed her pregnancy when she went to the hospital with stomach pain.
Her religious community was not mentioned, but reports say that she belonged to a monastery in the Nebrodi mountains of Sicily.
She moved to Palermo now to prepare for her child's birth. It is believed that the nun can now choose to give up her monastic life altogether and concentrate on raising her child.
A nun originally from Madagascar was found to be pregnant for several weeks in a second case. The nun was a superior mother-a senior monastic-and at an institute in Ragusa who took care of the elderly.
According to reports, she has already returned to her home country, but there has been concern among the church hierarchy about the double scandal.
There is dismay at this news, ' a source of church in Rome, where the headquarters of the Catholic Church is, told The Sun.
' It seems that both women were back in their home countries and had some form of sexual encounter, obviously.
It was launched an investigation. Both violated strict rules of chastity, but their children's welfare is paramount. "Earlier this year, Pope Francis admitted that many nuns were sexually abused, calling it a" serious, serious problem.
We will combat it, as well as religious sisters ' service: please service yes, servitude no,' he said in January on his papal flight.