The number of deaths in italy is also growing exponentially, with an estimated 50 people dying daily in this country due to Coronavirus
The deaths of at least 7 Catholic priests have been reported as Monsignor Vincenzo Rini a priest of the Diocese of Cremona, close to Milan, died on Saturday, March 14, after being infected with the virus.
Another priest, Luigi Trottner, reportedly was the second victim of the coronavirus in another northern Italian region called Trentino.
Msgr. Rini ran Cremona’s diocesan newspaper for 30 years, and was at one time the president of the Italian bishops’ news agency. He was also a novelist, and a noted literary expert, who served as the Church’s liaison to the Cristina di Savoia Cultural Congresses, which aim to promote Christian culture in Italy.
In addition to Rini, 6 priests in the Diocese of Bergamo have been reported dead of the coronavirus by Italian news site Bergamo News.
According to Bergamonews, Bishop Francesco Bechi told Italian journalists that in addition to six priests in his diocese who have died of the virus, 20 others have been hospitalized.
Bergamo, a city northest of Milan, has been identified as the region most afflicted by infections of coronavirus in the country.
Bergamo today is the Italian province with the highest number of people who’ve fallen ill, with 3,416 cases as of Sunday amid Italy’s overall total of 21,157.
This represents 16 percent of the country’s total number of infections, even though with just over 120,000 inhabitants, Bergamo is only .2 percent of the country’s general population.
Since the pandemic began to affect the daily lives of Italians, social media has been filled with cases of priests and bishops moving through their dioceses, even with the necessary precautions, taking the blessed sacrament in procession or blessing people looking down from their windows.