By : Emily Brown | UNILAD |
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.