Coronavirus: 67 Catholic priests die in Italy

A total of 67 Italian priests infected with the novel coronavirus have died since the pandemic reached the Mediterranean country last month, the Avvenire newspaper said Wednesday.

The youngest of those listed by the Catholic Church-affiliated paper was 53.

โ€œPriests get sick and die like everybody else, maybe even more than the rest,โ€ the Avvenire wrote.

The paper said 22 of the fatalities were in the Bergamo diocese, at the heart of the outbreak not far from the financial centre Milan.

Pope Francis asked priests โ€œto have the courage to go out and see the sickโ€ when the pandemic was gathering strength across the country on March 10.

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