CNA Newsroom, Nov 23, 2022 / 14:00 pm
Nathanael Alberione of Cordoba, Argentina, won the battle against COVID-19 in 2021, and was ordained a priest Nov. 21. On that day he received a special surprise: Pope Francis sent him words of encouragement, and urged him to be a “priest of the peripheries.”
The newly-ordained 33-year-old priest has been assigned to a diocese in Patagonia where he has served as a deacon.
His ordination ceremony was presided over by the bishop of Comodoro Rivadavia, Joaquín Gimeno Lahoz, and was concelebrated by several prelates from the Patagonia-Comahue with a great many faithful in attendance.
The news of his priestly ordination was received with great joy in the local Church and in the Catholic community from all over who prayed for the health of the Cordovan when in April 2021 his case of COVID-19 got so bad that he was in a coma for 50 days.