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Father Giuseppi Berardelli died in Italy from the Coronavirus. He was a Catholic priest. To the world, he was an average victim; that is, a senior citizen of around seven decades old, or 72 as they say in normal tongue. But there was nothing normal about this man.
Fr. Berardelli contracted the Coronavirus this month and was severely stricken by it. His parishioners saved up and bought a ventilator for him to aid his recovery. In an extraordinary act of self-sacrifice, the padre asked that his ventilator be given to a younger man in the hospital other than him. He did so knowing he could pay the ultimate price for it.
Sadly he did. But he died like a true shepherd and priest. Can you say a prayer for him? I have no words for how this makes me feel. Other than tears and admiration. One thought does echo in my mind “Greater love has no one than this, that one would lay down his life for friends….”
UPDATE: There is some speculation the above MAY NOT HAVE OCCURRED. Two accounts say there was no ventilator swapping at all. If not accurate I’m sorry. RIP padre.Published in