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‘An Opportunity to Share in Suffering’ — Cardinal Vicar of Rome, Angelo De Donatis, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

In Hospital, But in Good Condition, Cardinal Says He Is Serene, Confident, & Entrusts Himself to the Lord

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The Cardinal Vicar Angelo De Donatis has tested positive for coronavirus.

In a March 30 statement from the Vicariate of Rome, this news of the first confirmed cardinal with the virus was published.

«After manifesting some symptoms today, Monday, March 30, 2020,» the note began, «Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome, was subjected to the swab for COVID-19, which turned out to be positive.»

While adding the cardinal has been hospitalized at Rome’s Policlinico Gemelli Hospital, and has a fever, it stated «his general condition is good, and he has begun an antiviral therapy.»

His closest collaborators, it noted, are in self-isolation as a preventive measure.»

“I am also living this test,» Cardinal De Donatis said, expressing: «I am serene and confident!”

Saying “I entrust myself to the Lord and to the support of the prayer of all of you, dearest faithful of the Church of Rome!,» he noted: «I am living this moment,» he said, «as an occasion that Providence gives me to share the sufferings of so many brothers and sisters.»

The Cardinal concluded, noting: «I offer my prayer for them, for the whole diocesan community and for the inhabitants of the city of Rome!”

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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