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!”