Italian Catholic priest dies of coronavirus after giving up his respirator to a younger stranger.
Rev. Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, was described as a cheerful and enthusiastic fellow who gave up the respirator his parishioner bought for him to a younger patient to save his life, died shortly after from the virus in a hospital.
The priest who was one of the 60+ priests who died in Italy this month in a hospital in Lovere, hospital, Italy.
An Author who edits the Jesuit journal America-martin 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”.
“Don Giuseppe Berardelli, patron of those who suffer from coronavirus and all who care for them pray for us,” he wrote.
A health worker said, “He was a priest who listened to everyone, he knew how to listen, whoever turned to him knew that he could count on his help”.