Rome’s Cardinal Vicar, Angelo De Donatis, is ill with COVID-19. He is the first Cardinal confirmed to have the virus.
A statement from the Rome Vicariate late Monday afternoon said Cardinal De Donatis began showing symptoms earlier on Monday, and was given a test, which came back positive. His Eminence has been admitted to Rome’s Gemelli hospital with fever, though the statement says his general condition is good. The statement also says he has already begun an antiviral therapy, reports that his closest collaborators have gone into self-isolation.
“I, too, am experiencing this trial,” Cardinal De Donatis said in the statement. “I am calm and confident, I entrust myself to the Lord and to the support of all your prayers, dear faithful of the Church of Rome.” Cardinal De Donatis went on to say that he is living this moment of trial as an opportunity to share the suffering so many others are experiencing. “I offer my prayers for them,” he said, “for the whole diocesan community, and for the inhabitants of the city of Rome.”