Coronavirus: Pope Francis pays homage to priests that died helping people with disease
- Pope Francis has paid homage to Italian priests that lost their lives assisting coronavirus patients
- The pontiff paid the homage to the priests during the mass of Lord's Supper at St Peter's Basilica
- The world is currently battling with coronavirus pandemic, which has already taken 60 priests
Pope Francis has paid homage to Italian priests that died while assisting coronavirus patients, during the mass of Lord's Supper at St Peter's Basilica.
More 60 priests have died in Italy while taking care of the victims of the pandemic, which is currently taking the world by storm.
During the mass, the pontiff described the priests as "the saints next door"
He said: "I cannot let this mass pass without a thought for the priests. Those priests who give their lives for the Lord. They are servants.
"These days more than 60 have died in Italy caring for the sick in hospitals, as well as doctors and nurses. They are the saints next door. The priests who gave their lives serving them."
In other news, Pope Francis on Monday, April 6, spoke about the situation of the poor.
In his tweet, the pontiff said that God will judge the world on how we relate with the poor.
He explained a popular verse in the Bible which said: “The poor you will always have with you”, saying God meant he will always be present “in the poor".
He singled out that particular place in the Bible as the focus of the gospel, adding that it carries much power that it would form the centre of God’s judgment.
In another tweet, the pope said that overcrowded prisons will face great danger during the present coronavirus outbreak.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Ondo, Israel Arogbonlo, donated his March allowance to the state government to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The governor of the state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), received the donation on Tuesday, April 7, at the government house in Alagbaka, Akure.
The disclosure was made by the special assistant to the governor on new media, Olabode Richard Olatunde.
While commending Arogbonlo's gesture, Governor Akeredolu said the corps member's donation could save a whole family from starvation.
He said the corps member demonstrated an unusual spirit of giving, urging others to follow in his footsteps.
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