Italy: At Least 111 Priests Have Died From Coronavirus

May 06, 2020

Italy is the second country most affected by the coronavirus, with more than 27,000 deaths, or more than 10% of the deaths recorded in the world.

The Church on the Peninsula is also paying a very high price. Between March 20 and March 21, 2020, ten priests were killed by the virus, according to Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Conference of Italian Bishops. The latter receives updates from dioceses, parishes, families and the faithful. In total, at the beginning of April, already 111 priests had died.

Bishops have also been affected since Bishop Derio Olivero, 59, bishop of Pinerolo, in Piedmont-Valle d'Aosta, was declared positive for the coronavirus and hospitalized in isolation, while Bishop Luigi Ernesto Palletti, bishop of La Spezia- Sarzana-Brugnato, was quarantined after meeting with a 32-year-old priest who was then hospitalized with symptoms of the virus.

A large part of the deaths of clerics is concentrated in the North, and precisely in Bergamo, the “martyr city” where the bodies are taken to the cemetery by army trucks.

At least 17 priests were victims of Covid-19 there.

None of these clerics, like all the others mourned by the epidemic, were able to benefit from a funeral mass.