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Homeless Woman Gives Birth Near St. Peter’s Square

Pope Will Offer Hospitality

A homeless woman has given birth near St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican will be offering hospitality.

Today, director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, briefed journalists on the Maria Claudia, a 36-year-old Romanian woman, who gave birth to a little girl last night at 2 a.m. on the sidewalk of Piazza Pio XII.

The woman was brought to the nearby Hospital of Santo Spirito, where Papal Almoner, Msgr. Konrad Krajeswski, paid a special visit.

Father Lombardi shared these details with journalists and assured that the mom and daughter are doing well.

The Vatican spokesman also stressed that they will be offered, on behalf of the Pope, accommodation for one year at the home for unwed mothers run by the Sisters of Mother Teresa in Rome’s Primavalle.

Last night, Vatican police responded very quickly, arriving promptly to help the mother and Irene, the baby girl. An officer covered the baby with his jacket, to keep her safe and warm. Shortly after, the ambulance arrived to bring mother and daughter to the nearby Santo Spirito Hospital.

In the past, Maria Claudia had been invited to find shelter in the dormitories the Vatican recently opened to give some 34 homeless a place to sleep.

However, she always refused the offer, only making use of the showers and other services the Holy Father made available for the Vatican’s homeless.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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