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Tue Mar 24, 2020, 04:40 AM

Italian priest who gave up his respirator for younger patient dies

https://www.newsweek.com/72-year-old-italian-priest-who-gave-his-ventilator-younger-patient-dies-coronavirus-1493868



An elderly Catholic priest reportedly died from the COVID-19 coronavirus after refusing a ventilator so that a younger patient could use it instead.

Don Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, died March 15 at a hospital in Lovere, Italy after declining to use the medical equipment that his parishioners were said to have bought for him. Berardelli was a beloved figure well known for helping those with financial problems, as well as for riding on a motorcycle, according to Italian paper Araberara. He was praised on English language social media on Monday after news of his apparent sacrifice began to surface.

"He is 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," prominent Jesuit priest James Martin tweeted. "Don Giuseppe Berardelli, patron of those who suffer from coronavirus and all who care for them, pray for us!"

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At least six priests including Berardelli reportedly died of the virus over the course of one week in the northern Italian province of Bergamo, with at least 14 more hospitalized. The province is one of many that have been hit hard during the pandemic, stretching hospitals past their capacity and causing essential medical equipment like ventilators to be in short supply.

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Tue Mar 24, 2020, 04:44 AM

1. Our future if we end self-isolation at the end of 2 weeks like Trump wants. nt

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Tue Mar 24, 2020, 05:08 AM

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Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:02 AM

3. During the 1348-49 plague

priests and nuns often faced the most staggering losses in communities.

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