Italian Priest Dies of Coronavirus After Giving Respirator to Young Patient

March 24, 2020

A priest who recently died from coronavirus will be remembered for saving a life.

An Italian priest infected with COVID-19 gave a respirator to a younger patient that his parishioners bought for him, the New York Post reported.

Rev. Giuseppe Berardelli, who was 72 years old, refused to take it. His decision came after he found out that a younger patient needed it. Berardelli did not know the patient.

The 72-year-old was the main priest in the town of Casnigo. Hospital officials said he died last week in Lovere Hospital.

Catholic News Agency reported that the priest was one of at least 60 priests who died in Italy this morning. The nation has been an epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe.

A New York Jesuit priest James Martin posted a beautiful tribute to his official Twitter page. He called Berardelli a “Martyr of Charity.”

He added the biblical phrase, “Greater love has no person.”

Martin also shared that the priest 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.”

Earlier this month, the Italian government took action as the country’s death toll from the virus got higher.

Additionally, the government, under Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, released new rules advising the nation not to kiss.

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