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Cardinal Says How He Survived Covid-19 The President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference and Perugia Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti told Avvenire how he survived an infection with Covid-19 which landed …More
Cardinal Says How He Survived Covid-19

The President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference and Perugia Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti told Avvenire how he survived an infection with Covid-19 which landed him for a month in hospital. Because of his obesity and his age - Bassetti is 78 - he was a high-risk patient. Bassetti was admitted to hospital, and ended up in intensive care for ten days. He suffered a sudden aggravation and then began a slow, gradual and in some ways miraculous recovery.

A Foreign Body”

Bassetti explains the coronavirus as a foreign body that takes possession of your person and empties you from within. Quote, “It is terrible: it takes away not only your physical but also your psychological and I would say spiritual energies. It suddenly reduces you to a shell.”

Wrong Conversion

The Cardinal denies that God was silent during his sufferings. As long as he was strong enough, he continued to pray for others, and invoked the Lord's help by asking for forgiveness for – quote – “my shortcomings.” When he felt that he was close to death, he recalled the enormous possibilities for good that God had set before him but which he hadn’t taken advantage of because of his limitations and omissions. Quote, “It is as if you want to make up for all that you have failed to do.” When he realised that his body was responding to the therapy, he felt the desire to devote himself more to the poor, fragile, weak, marginalised, forgotten, although – according to the Acts of the Apostles – this is the task of the deacons, not of the bishops.

No Reading from the Bible

In the most acute phase, when all energy was failing, Bassetti could only abandon himself to God the Father. Quote, “While I was under the respiratory helmet and it felt like my head was going to explode, I repeated: "Lord, everything for you". In this moment, he understood what is written in the Franciscan sanctuary of La Verna where Brother Leo said to the stigmatised Saint Francis: "Father, I see that you are suffering greatly. Would you like me to read a passage of Scripture to you?" The saint replied: "For me, what counts now is looking at Christ. And Christ crucified".

At Least Work Is Still “Sacred”

Bassetti also addressed the problem that many have lost their work during the coronavirus lockdown. For him the social crisis opened by the pandemic is a serious wound for society that affects everyone. Then Bassetti claims that – quote - “work is sacred, we must not forget that.” This is a surprising statement in a time when sacredness is not valued very highly in the Catholic Church.
Maudie N Mandeville
Pablum. Ecumenical and ideological pablum, a little for everyone of all stripes. Where is he praying the Mass in the cathedral? St John Fisher didn't say, he did.
Holy Cannoli
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Ultraviolet
To think... these are the kind of men who are going to vote for the next Pope. "the coronavirus as a foreign body that takes possession of your person and empties you from within."

Garbage. The man's been watching too many re-runs of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" on late-night Dish. I've watched the elderly fade and die in front of me from nothing more serious than a common flu.

Worth remembe…More
To think... these are the kind of men who are going to vote for the next Pope. "the coronavirus as a foreign body that takes possession of your person and empties you from within."

Garbage. The man's been watching too many re-runs of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" on late-night Dish. I've watched the elderly fade and die in front of me from nothing more serious than a common flu.

Worth remembering more people die every year from that than they do from the dread "corona-virus."

They're old, they're weak, and their bodies simply can't fight the infection.

It doesn't take away their psychological or spiritual energies, either. Just because they're dying doesn't mean they become vegetables or that the devout stop praying, Their personalities don't change, the life-long Church-lady who watches Mass every Sunday still has her rosary in hand. Only when death truly starts inducing systemic failures do they fall unconscious.

"he felt the desire to devote himself more to the poor, fragile, weak, marginalised, forgotten,"

Y'know, it's totally okay to tell your story without kissing up to Pope Francis and his agenda. You're already a cardinal, you can't go any further, brah.
Holy Cannoli
When he realised that his body was responding to the therapy, he felt the desire to devote himself more to the poor, fragile, weak, marginalised, forgotten,…

Cardinal Bassetti is fortunate he didn’t catch Jungle Fever. 🥳More
When he realised that his body was responding to the therapy, he felt the desire to devote himself more to the poor, fragile, weak, marginalised, forgotten,…

Cardinal Bassetti is fortunate he didn’t catch Jungle Fever. 🥳
laurelmarycecilia
my Primary doctor has successfully treated about 200 people with Hydroxycloroquine (sometimes also uses steroids) not one has even gone to the ER........... this is in an 'elderly' area