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Catholic priest critically suffering from coronavirus makes ultimate sacrifice for younger patient

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A Catholic priest who contracted coronavirus stayed true to his calling as a Christian and sacrificed his life so that another person could live.

Don Giuseppe Berardelli, a 72-year-old priest from the region in Italy hardest hit by COVID-19, was hospitalized and critically suffering from coronavirus, so much so that parishioners bought a ventilator specifically for him.

But instead of using it for himself, Berardelli gave up his vital medical equipment so that a younger patient could use it. He passed away last week, according to Italian news outlet TgCom24.

The identity of the patient who received Berardelli's ventilator was not published. It is unclear whether the patient has survived his bout with COVID-19.

Giuseppe Imberti, the mayor of Casnigo where Berardelli served as chief priest, lavished praise on the hero upon learning about his death.

"He was a simple, straightforward person, with a great kindness and helpfulness towards everyone, believers and non-believers. His greeting was 'peace and good'. Always friendly and available," Imberti told Italian news outlet Araberara, according to a Google translation.

"He was loved by everyone," Imberti said.

At least 60 Catholic priests in Italy have died from COVID-19 this month, according to the Catholic News Agency. More than 6,000 total people have died in Italy from the virus.

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