Vatican offers homeless woman a home after she gives birth in St. Peter's Square


A homeless woman gave birth on a cardboard box in near-freezing temperatures just outside St. Peter's Square in Vatican City early Wednesday morning.

The Vatican has now offered her a free place to stay for a year.

Police said the 35-year-old Romanian woman went into labor around 2:30 a.m. just yards away from the Vatican.

An Italian police patrol helped deliver the baby girl.

They called an ambulance which took mother and child to a nearby hospital.

Both are said to be doing well.

The head of Pope Francis' charity office later visited the woman in the hospital and offered her the one-year, fee stay at a church-owned apartment.

The woman hasn't yet accepted the offer.

The baby's mother and father were known around the Vatican as they sometimes showered at facilities for the homeless there.