Priest’s heroic action “greater love has no person ….”
An Italian priest who gave a life-saving respirator to a younger coronavirus patient he did not know has died of the disease.
Father Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, died in hospital in Lovere, Bergamo – one of the worst-hit cities in Italy.
At least 50 priests have reportedly been killed by coronavirus in Italy.
According to the hospital, Fr Berardelli refused to use a respirator his parishioners had bought for him – choosing to give it to a younger patient, instead.
Residents of Casnigo were reported to have applauded from their windows and balconies as the coffin was taken for burial. There was no funeral.
On Tuesday, Pope Francis led a prayer for the deceased doctors and priests, “thanking God for their heroic example in serving those who were sick”.