Homeless woman gives birth outside Vatican, gets offer of home

Published: January 21, 2016
An Italian policewoman helped deliver the baby just outside St Peter's Square . PHOTO: SPANISHNEWSTODAY

An Italian policewoman helped deliver the baby just outside St Peter's Square . PHOTO: SPANISHNEWSTODAY

VATICAN CITY: A homeless woman gave birth on a cardboard box just outside St Peter’s Square early on Wednesday in near-freezing temperatures and later received an offer of one year’s hospitality in a Vatican institution.

Police said the 35-year-old Romanian woman had gone into labour at about 2.30am in an Italian square just meters away from the Vatican.

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An Italian policewoman, Maria Capone, helped deliver the baby, a girl, and her colleagues covered both with their jackets until an ambulance arrived.

“I think it was close to zero,” Capone told Italian television.

“The baby regained color on her face after we covered her,” another policeman said.

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The head of Pope’s Francis’ charity office, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, later visited the woman and baby in a hospital a few blocks away and offered her one-year’s free accommodation in a Church-owned apartment, the Vatican spokesman said.

He said Krajewski knew the woman and her partner, also a Romanian, because they use showers and food services the Vatican has started to help the growing number of homeless in the area.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Jan 23, 2016 - 2:24PM

    Only one year, what will these homeless do after 1 year. All the civil rights movements are used to pressurized the Muslim countries only.Recommend

  • jonaid
    Jan 25, 2016 - 10:10AM

    A story leading by a beautiful photograph of bishop and a boy smiling.

    Although I am a Muslim and having strong wish, I never see any Muslim Clerik meeting with children like this.Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Jan 25, 2016 - 11:49AM

    Actually you haven’t seen a muslim cleric in your life. Although you should start with the man in the mirror.Recommend

  • jonaid
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:08PM

    @Pakistan Zindabad:

    Thanks for your comments. It suddenly flash to me that you know me since long.Recommend

  • jonaid
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:19PM

    @Pakistan Zindabad:
    I am unable to understand psychology of my people, why they become personal and judgmental if they don’t like someone views.
    Allah Bless You and guide you to right path.
    No further comments from me now.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 25, 2016 - 5:03PM

    This man is a ‘ rock star ‘….and he’s also the Pope.Recommend

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