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Vicar General of Rome Diocese tests positive for coronavirus

The pope's Vicar General for Rome Diocese has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis currently has a fever, but is in a well and stable condition.

He has begun antiviral therapy and was admitted to hospital yesterday.
The cardinal, following procedures in place to halt the spread of the virus, has had fewer meetings with staff at the Lateran Palace recently.

His closest collaborator are now self-isolating as a precautionary measure, and the cardinal confirmed he had not been at the Vatican in recent days and has only communicated by the pope only over the phone.

Prayers for the afflicted

He also offered his prayers to all those affected by the virus in Rome.

“I am also experiencing this trial, I am at peace and confident,” he said.

“I entrust myself to the Lord, and to the prayers of all of you, dear faithful of Rome!

“I live this moment as an opportunity that Providence has given me to share in the sufferings of so many brothers and sisters. I am offering my prayer for them, for the whole diocesan community, and for the people of the City of Rome.”

Televised Mass

Since March 11, the bishop has celebrated Mass each evening at the sanctuary of Divine Love in Rome.

It is broadcasted on the Bishops’ Conference of Rome’s television channel—TV2000, and is live streamed from Rome Diocese’s Facebook page.

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