Vatican City, Mar 30, 2020 / 11:45 am
Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome, has tested positive for coronavirus. He is the first cardinal known to have the virus.
The cardinal has been admitted to the Gemelli Hospital in Rome with a fever. He is reportedly in good condition, and his close collaborators are reported to be self-isolating, according to a statement from the Vicariate of Rome.
"I feel serene and confident amid this trial," the cardinal said in a statement March 30. "I entrust myself to the Lord and to support from the prayers of all of you, dear faithful of the Church in Rome."
"I live this moment as an occasion given to me in Providence so that I can share the sufferings of so many brothers and sisters. I offer my prayers for them, for the whole diocesan community and for the inhabitants of the city of Rome," the cardinal added.