Vatican City, Apr 8, 2020 / 09:30 am
The first cardinal known to have tested positive for coronavirus has released a message from hospital, thanking his flock for their prayers and saying he is recovering from the disease.
Writing from the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, where he was hospitalized March 30, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis said: "Thank God I'm healing and I should be discharged soon."
The cardinal, who is vicar general of Rome diocese, wrote in an April 8 message that he felt "supported and consoled by the prayers of all of you who have been close to me" during his ordeal.
He said: "All my gratitude goes to the doctors, the nurses and all the medical staff of the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic who are caring for me and many other patients, with great competence and demonstrating a deep humanity, animated by the sentiments of the Good Samaritan."