Coronavirus: Italian priest dies after giving his respirator to younger patient he did not know

Friar Don Giuseppe Berardelli was described as “cheerful and full of enthusiasm”.

Tuesday 24 March 2020 11:18, UK

Father Giuseppe Berardelli. Pic: Catholic Outlook
Image:Father Giuseppe Berardelli refused to use a respirator his parishioners had bought for him. Pic: Catholic Outlook

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An Italian priest who contracted coronavirus has died after donating his respirator to a younger patient who was also battling the illness.

Friar Don Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, was the priest for the parish of Casnigo, a small village just 40 miles north east of Milan.

On 20 March, the Apostolic Penitentiary issued a decree granting plenary indulgences to “the faithful suffering from the Covid-19 virus,

Church grants special indulgence to coronavirus patients and caregivers

The Apostolic Penitentiary issues a Decree granting special plenary indulgences for those suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, if specific conditions are met.

By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ

On 20 March, the Apostolic Penitentiary issued a decree granting plenary indulgences to “the faithful suffering from the Covid-19 virus, commonly known as coronavirus, as well as to healthcare workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them.”

The document comes in response to pastoral, spiritual and sacramental concerns for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which has raised “new uncertainties and above all widespread physical and moral suffering”.

The decree is signed by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, and the Regent, Father Krzysztof Nykiel.

Conditions for the plenary indulgence

The Decree grants a plenary indulgence to coronavirus patients quarantined by health authorities in hospitals and in their homes if, “with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite themselves spiritually through the media to the celebration of the Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion.”

The plenary indulgence can also be obtained by the faithful if they at least “recite the creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfill the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy father’s intentions), as soon as possible.”

A plenary indulgence is also granted to healthcare workers, family members and all those who, “exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick” under the same conditions stated above.

Also, the faithful who offer a “visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or read the Holy Scriptures for half an hour, or recite the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy” while praying for an end to the pandemic will be granted a plenary indulgence.

A few clarifications

In a note accompanying the Decree, the Apostolic Penitentiary provided for some eventualities linked with providing the Sacrament of Reconciliation for those affected by the Covid-19 virus.

The note explained that the diocesan bishop has complete discretion over the administration of collective absolution except where there is an “imminent danger of death” or a “grave necessity.” Individual confession remains the ordinary way of celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Also, if there is need to impart absolution to several faithful, the priest is obliged to inform the diocesan bishop as soon as possible.

Bishops are also tasked with evaluating the level of the pandemic in their respective jurisdictions to be able to set up prudent protocols for the individual celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation that safeguards the sacramental seal.

The note also encouraged setting up groups of voluntary “extraordinary hospital chaplains” who, obeying health norms and in agreement with health authorities, can provide spiritual assistance to the sick and dying.


According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, an indulgence is “a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven.” Indulgences are either partial or plenary depending on if they remove part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.

Medjugorje: Second of the Month Apparitions Are Over-video link

The Gospa told Mirjana Dragičević Soldo, 55, on March 18 that her second of the month apparitions are over, writes.

After that, Mirjana left the room “in tears and went into seclusion.”

She is one of the six “seers” of Medjugorje who still lives there. Mirjana claimed receiving these apparitions since 1987.

Video at link.

Family who nearly lost cabins in fire snaps ‘angelic’ photo

Bruce Empey took this photo as crews were fighting the Henry’s Creek fire Tuesday. | Courtesy Jeanette Empey

BONE — Jeanette Empey has titled the photo “The Fireman’s Guardian.” If you take a close look, you’ll see why.

Empey’s husband, Bruce, took the picture on their ranch in Bone on Tuesday as the Henry’s Creek fire nearly destroyed their property.

“My husband and son went up to the ranch Monday night after learning the fire had jumped the Bone Road and was heading toward our place,” Empey tells “Firemen showed up and told my husband the cabins were going to be a loss and for safety reasons, he should leave.”


The fire moved quickly toward the Empey’s cabins. | courtesy Jeanette


Empey says her husband and son went up on a cliff that overlooks the ranch, and “all they could do was watch it burn.”


The following morning, the Empeys returned to see the damage and were shocked to see their cabins still standing.

“The cabins hadn’t burned! They were saved!” Empey says. “But soon the wind returned and the fire flared up again. Then I got a text that said, ‘The fire is 15 yards from the cabin.’”

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2Oct 15, 2017Francesco is a Italian television movie written and directed by Michele Soavi. The film is based on real life events of Saint Francis of Assisi, a saint who was born rich, in the medieval Tuscany, and abandoned all his goods to live closer to the population and is nowadays remembered as the saint protector of Italy.

Fire in tree does not burn image of Our Lady of Guadalupe-Florida-Pics at link.


Firefighters from Florida were amazed after witnessing an unexpected event. While a Poplar tree was burning and the said fire should be pulated so that the fire would not spread, they noticed the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe printed on wood.

The firefighter looked at the gradually devoured of fire in the Tree where the Beloved Virgin was printed but it was shocked when the fire voluntarily died while closer to the image of the Virgin Mary. The said firefighter was Jose Manuel Rivera Valenzuela, and this was his statement:

“We stood there, watching her for a while before putting out the fire. I was floored.”-Valenzuela

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Atheist Harvard Prof Says Supernatural Vision of Our Lady Led Him to Catholicism: She Was “Indescribably Beautiful”Video

What an incredible story!

Shalom World interviewed former Harvard Professor Roy Schoeman regarding his Catholic conversion story. The business professor revealed how a series of mystical encounters led him to Catholicism, including an intimate experience with the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Schoeman explains that he became an atheist in college after leaving the Jewish faith. He explained however, that atheism’s emptiness led his heart to desire more.

In the video below, Schoeman describes his mystical encounter with the Blessed Virgin Mary that led him to yearn for Catholicism.