The Catholic Church is reportedly investigating two nuns who took a vow of chastity yet returned to Italy pregnant after a missionary trip to Africa.
The two women, who belonged to different orders in Sicily, had both traveled to Africa, Italian outlet ANSA reported.
The second woman, who is a mother superior, left for her home country of Madagascar after she was determined to be one-month pregnant, the Italian outlet reported. Her age was not made known.
‘There is consternation at this news,’ a church source in Rome, where the Catholic Church has its headquarters, told The Sun.
‘It appears that both women were back in their home nations and obviously had some form of sexual encounter.
‘An investigation has been launched. They both breached strict rules of chastity but the welfare of their children is uppermost.’
Earlier this year Pope Francis admitted that many nuns had been sexually abused, calling it a ‘serious, grave problem’.
‘We have to fight this, and also the service of religious sisters: Please: Service yes, servitude no,’ he said on his papal plane in January, according to Daily Mail.