Rome Newsroom, Nov 30, 2020 / 04:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
Forty-three Italian priests died in November after contracting the coronavirus, as Italy experiences a second wave of the epidemic.
According to L’Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, 167 priests have lost their lives due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in February.
One Italian bishop also died in November. A retired auxiliary bishop of Milan, Marco Virgilio Ferrari, 87, died Nov. 23 from the coronavirus.
At the beginning of October, Bishop Giovanni D’Alise of the Diocese of Caserta died at age 72.
Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops’ conference, was critically ill with COVID-19 earlier this month. He is continuing to recover after testing negative last week.