Tuesday, March 24, 2020

60 priests dead in Italy amid coronavirus pandemic as Pope calls on them to go out and help the sick

At least 60 priests have died in Italy amid the country's coronavirus pandemic as the Pope called on them to 'have courage' to attend the sick.

Some 5,476 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus across the nation, with more than 59,000 cases of the virus confirmed.

Among the dead are at least 60 priests, the majority of whom were over the age of 70, the Catholic Herald reported. 

During a Mass in early March, Pope Francis, 83, called on Italian priests to 'have courage to go out to the sick' amid the rapidly growing pandemic.

'We pray to God also for our priests, so they have courage to go out to the sick, bringing the strength of the Word of God and the Eucharist,' he said.