Catholic Church investigates how two nuns became pregnant after missionary trip

The Catholic Church in Rome has launched investigation into strange circumstances under which two nuns who took the vow to keep chastity rules got pregnant while on a mission in Africa.

The African nuns who belong to different orders in Sicily in Italy were posted to their home country in Madagascar to carry out missionary services but slipped up and got pregnant.

One of the women, 34, discovered she was pregnant when she underwent a medical scan after complaining of stomach pains, our source reported.

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Her counterpart whose age was not disclosed but is said to be a mother superior (head of a female religious community) left her mother country after realising she was one month pregnant.

The Madagascar-born nun was based at an institute that helps fallen women and their children but failed to adhere to strict rules of chastity.

“An investigation has been launched. They both breached strict rules of chastity but the welfare of their children is uppermost. The most likely outcome is they will leave their religious service,” a source in Rome told The Sun.

Catholic Church head Pope Francis admitted earlier this year that some nuns were being sexually abused by clerics in churches.

He recently proposed an amendment to allow married men to be ordained as priests and allow female leaders in the Catholic Church.

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