Vatican City, Feb 20, 2021 / 09:10 am
Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtue of three Italian religious sisters who died from Ebola in Africa during the 1995 outbreak.
Sr. Floralba Rondi, Sr. Clarangela Ghilardi, and Sr. Dinarosa Bellerini were members of the Sisters of the Poor, Palazzolo Institute, and were sent as missionaries to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
There, while they were serving the poor, they contracted and died from Ebola hemorrhagic fever within three weeks of each other, when the viral disease broke out in Kikwit. The sisters were in their 50s and 60s.
In six months, 245 people died in the outbreak, including other members of the Sisters of the Poor.