At least ten priests have died in Italy after contracting Coronavirus. More than half of them were from the Diocese of Bergamo, a town outside of Milan in Lombardy, Catholic News Agency reported.
According to media reports, the Bishop of Bergamo, Italian Diocese said that the 20 priests in his Diocese who have been hospitalized after contracting Coronavirus. Six priests have died while others are stable.
“The number of priests who have died this week and that of those who are still in a particularly serious situation is very high,” Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamo said in an Italian radio interview March 16, 2020.
Among the dead in Bergamo was Fr. Silano Sirtoli, 59, and Fr. Giancarlo Nava, 70. Nava who previously served as a missionary in Paraguay.
Bergamo was the hometown of Pope John XXIII.
More than 27,000 people in Italy have been infected with coronavirus, and 2,470 people have died in just over three weeks. More than 27,000 people in Italy have been infected with Coronavirus, and 2,470 people have died in just over three weeks.