Italian priest dies after giving away his ventilator

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The names of 51 diocesan priests who passed away after contracting coronavirus were published by the Avvenire newspaper on Sunday.

He's now one of the more than 6,000 Italians who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

Don Giuseppe Berardelli was not a funeral, because conditions are as they are in Italy.

Father Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, refused to take the respirator while in a hospital after finding out the other patient - who was a complete stranger - also needed it, according to the BBC.

The custodian of the Arcipresbiterial church of San Giovanni Battista told Religion News Service on Tuesday that even though he can't confirm or deny the act allegedly made by Berardelli, it wouldn't be out of character. "The gesture, which we don't know for sure if he did, is a reflection of his life".

In a statement that Poli release, she said: "I remember him on his old Guzzi motorbike, he loved his motorbike, and when he was seen passing by he was always cheerful and full of enthusiasm, he gave peace and joy to our communities".


Beradelli is among at least 60 priests who have died amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in Italy, which is home to the overall highest death toll of any country thus far.

During a Mass in early March, Pope Francis, 83, called on Italian priests to "have courage to go out to the sick" amid the rapidly growing pandemic.

She added, "He does not leave us alone, from up there he watches over us and continues to run through the clouds with his motorcycle, who knows how many projects he is doing up there, also for us". They fell ill because they were serving the sick.

Fr Martin explained that Fr Berardelli, who was from Casnigo (Bergamo), was "a 'Martyr of Charity, ' a saint like St. Maximilian Kolbe, who in Auschwitz volunteered to take the place of a condemned man with a family, and was killed".

Article originally published by Religion News Service.

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