Coronavirus Infected Priest Makes Ultimate Sacrifice to Save Younger Patient

Italian priest Don Giuseppe Berardelli, who had been infected with COVID-19, chose to put others’ lives before his own by selflessly giving up his own ventilator to save the life of a younger person.

The 72-year-old, who made that ultimate sacrifice on March 15, succumbed just several days later died from the infection.

Giuseppe Berardelli, who had been a priest for 47 years, was serving as the Archpriest of Casnigo in the Diocese of Bergamo in northern Italy, one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Berardelli had been suffering from a respiratory condition for some time, so his parish had previously purchased the breathing apparatus to help him cope with it.

News of his sacrifice has now gone viral on Twitter.

According to Vatican News, Berardelli greeted everyone with the phrase: “Pace e bene.”

“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,” said Clara Poli, the mayor of Fiorano, where Berardelli had been a parish priest, in an interview with Araberara, according to a translation.

Berardelli was an enthusiastic and energetic priest, often spotted tooling around town on his red Guzzi motorcycle.

“He loved his motorbike, and when you saw him go by he was always cheerful,” Poli related to Araberara.