Italian Priest dies after rejecting respirator so another patient could use it

An Italian priest has died from coronavirus after he gave a respirator to a young patient he didn’t know.

Father Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, died in a hospital in Lovere, Bergamo on Monday night after contracting COVID-19.

Italian Priest dies after rejecting respirator so another patient could use it

The main priest in the town of Casnigo died last week in Lovere hospital.

He was one of at least 60 priests who died in Italy this month as the European nation was the epicenter of the deadly pandemic, according to the Catholic News Agency.

“He is a ‘Martyr of Charity,’” New York Jesuit priest James Martin said on Twitter, adding the biblical phrase, “Greater love has no person …”

Martin — an author who edits the Jesuit journal America — said Berardelli was a “saint like St. Maximilian Kolbe, who in Auschwitz volunteered to take the place of a condemned man with a family, and was killed.”

On Tuesday, Pope Francis led a prayer for the deceased doctors and priests in Italy.

The Pontiff led worshipper in “thanking God for their heroic example in serving those who were sick”.

Italian dioceses which have lost priests to coronavirus include Parma, Cremona, Milan, Lodi, Brescia, Casale Monferrato, Tortona, Trento, Bolzano, Salerno, Ariano Irpino, Nuoro, and Pesaro.

Italy, which has seen 6,077 deaths, has been under strict lockdown as it tries to stop the spread of infection.

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