A homeless woman who gave birth near St Peter’s Square has been offered a place to stay by the Vatican.
Italian police said a patrol stopped to help the woman after she gave birth in a square just beyond Vatican territory in the early hours of the morning, when temperatures were hovering around freezing.
They covered her with their jackets and called an ambulance that took her to a nearby hospital.
Pope Francis’s charity official, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, visited the mother and baby in hospital.
A Vatican spokesman said the monsignor offered the woman a place for a year at a Vatican-owned residence for mothers and babies in need.
He said the woman has not decided whether to accept the offer.