via Fr. James Martin:
Fr. Giuseppe Berardelli, a 72-year-old priest in Bergamo, Italy, who gave a respirator (that his parishioners had purchased for him) to a younger patient (whom he did not know), has died from coronavirus.
“Greater love has no person than the one who lays down his life for his friends.” (Jn 15:13)
He is a “Martyr of Charity,” a saint like St. Maximilian Kolbe, who in Auschwitz volunteered to take the place of a condemned man with a family, and was killed.
Don Giuseppe Berardelli, patron of those who suffer from coronavirus and all who care for them, pray for us!