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Priest Dies of Coronavirus After Giving Up His Respirator to a Stranger in Need

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An Italian priest who was infected with the coronavirus refused to use a respirator that was given to him and instead gave it away to help a stranger also battling the virus.

As a result, the Rev. Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, died last week.

Berardelli had been a priest in Casnigo, a small commune near Milan. He died in a hospital in Lovere, Bergamo.

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Italy has been hard-hit by the virus, with 6,820 deaths out of 69,176 confirmed cases as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins.

The hospital where Berardelli died reported his selfless action.

“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,” a translated obituary for him on Araberara said.

Many on Twitter honored his sacrifice.

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Clara Poli, the mayor of the nearby village of Fiorano, remembered Berardelli as a “great person,” according to the translated obituary.

“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,” Poli said.

“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.”

Because of restrictions in place as Italy grapples with the virus, no funeral was held for Berardelli.

Instead, residents of Casnigo reportedly stood on their balconies at noon on March 16 and applauded for him as his coffin was taken for burial.

More than 50 priests in Italy have died from the virus, according to the BBC.

Pope Francis recently led a prayer for deceased doctors and priests who had lost their lives during the outbreak, “thanking God for their heroic example in serving those who were sick.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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