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Peruvian Jesus born to Virgin Mary on Christmas
December 29, 2008 / 3:07 PM / 9 years ago

Peruvian Jesus born to Virgin Mary on Christmas

LIMA (Reuters) - Virgin Mary, a 20-year-old Peruvian woman, gave birth to a baby boy on Christmas day and named him Jesus, Peru’s state news agency said on Friday.

<p>Virgen Maria Huarcaya holds her baby son named Jesus, in Lima December 25, 2008. Twenty-year-old Huarcaya, whose name means Virgin Mary in English, gave birth to baby 'Jesus' on Christmas day, Peru's state news agency said on Friday. Coincidentally, the baby's father, 24-year-old Adolfo Jorge Huamani, is also a carpenter thus prompting pious Peruvians to compare him to the biblical Joseph the Carpenter. Picture taken December 25, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Lezama Andina/Handout</p>

The baby’s father, Adolfo Jorge Huamani, 24, is a carpenter. Religious Peruvians compared him to Joseph the Carpenter in the Bible.

“Two thousand years later the story of Bethlehem is relived,” read the headline about the birth in El Comercio, the main newspaper in Peru, a predominantly Catholic country.

The mother, Virgen Maria Huarcaya, delivered the 7.7 pound (3.5 kg) boy, Jesus Emanuel, in the early hours of Christmas at the central maternity hospital in Lima, the capital.

“A few days ago we had decided to name my son after a professional soccer player,” the father said. “But thanks to a happy coincidence this is how things ended up.”

Reporting by Terry Wade; Editing by Vicki Allen

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