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ITALIAN PRIEST DIES OF COVID 19 AFTER GIVING UP HIS VENTILATOR TO HELP OTHERS.

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(Source: KLTV) March 24, 2020 at 9:25 PM EDT – Updated March 25 at 6:49 AM



The global coronavirus pandemic is forcing doctors and nurses to make agonizing decisions of who lives and who dies. It is the toughest and most heartbreaking decision a person could ever have to make.



Infected with COVID-19, that is exactly the decision that faced 72-year-old Italian priest Don Giuseppe Berardelli. And in the highest of priestly callings, Berardelli chose to put others’ lives before his own by giving up his ventilator to save the life of a younger person.



He made that ultimate sacrifice on March 15.Now, news of his sacrifice has gone viral on Twitter.Don Giuseppe Berardelli, a priest for 47 years, was serving as the Archpriest of Casnigo in the Diocese of Bergamo in Northern Italy, one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.



Berardelli had been suffering from a respiratory condition for some time, so his parish had previously purchased the breathing apparatus to help him cope.Clara Poli, the mayor of the town of Fiorano, where Don Giuseppe was a longtime pastor, spoke about Berardelli’s character to the Italian publication FarodiRoma: “A great person… he was always cheerful and full of enthusiasm, he gave peace and joy to our communities,” said Poli, “He was a priest who listened to everyone, he knew how to listen, whoever turned to him knew that he could count on his help.



“One Twitter user in Chicago said Berardelli had served as a father figure to her cousins in Ital after their own father died. “What a small world. My extended family in Italy were very close with him,” she wrote. “He was a father figure to my cousins after they lost their father very young. He was a very good man & is being mourned very hard by my family. They also lost their patriarch 3 days later. Poor lovely man.



“Commenting on Berardelli’s selfless act, a health care worker in a Casnigo retirement home told FarodiRoma, “I am deeply moved by the fact that the archpriest of Casnigo, Don Giuseppe Berardelli — to whom the parish community had bought a respirator — renounced his will to assign it to someone younger than him.



“James Martin, an American priest and editor-at-large for America magazine, a Jesuit review of faith and culture, called Berardelli a “Martyr of Charity.” And he cited a Bible verse, John 15:13, which says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.



PAT SAYS



This is one of the most impressive stories about a priest that I have ever heard.



What he did was the 21st century equivalent of what Saint Fatger Maxilian Kolbe did in Auswich.



I seriously doubt that under the same circumstances I could do the same thing.



Father Barardelli is a light glowing in the ecclesiastical and clerical darkness.



Here is one man who deserves the title Saint.



What a far cry from the Gaynooth orgies.



What a far cry from the priests showing their willies on the internet.



What  far cry from most priests.

OXFORD UNIVERSITY INVENTS PROTOTYPE VENTILATION THAT COST £100


Coronavirus:



Prototype ventilators could be mass-produced to ease NHS pressureThe NHS could soon have help in tackling COVID-19 from a ventilator that can be mass-produced in a fortnight.Thomas MooreScience correspondent @SkyNewsThomasTuesday 24 March 2020 21:32, UKCORONAVIRUSImage:Oxford University and King’s College London have developed prototype ventilators that could be mass-produced in two weeks.



Doctors and engineers have unveiled a prototype ventilator that’s simple enough to mass-produce in a fortnight, soon enough for the expected surge in coronavirus patients.The team from Oxford University and King’s College London took less than a week to take the device from the drawing board to working prototype, so that it can soon help in the fight against COVID-19.



Sky News witnessed the first test on a medical dummy. It worked – the simulator’s chest rose and



The Oxvent is made using a standard resuscitation bag and valves widely used in the NHS, eliminating the need for 3D printing of complex parts.Compressed air squeezes the bag, blowing oxygen into the lungs, with the frequency of ‘breaths’ controlled by simple electronics costing less than £100.




The £ 433 we have raised already will buy 4 of these.

116 replies on “ITALIAN PRIEST DIES OF COVID 19 AFTER GIVING UP HIS VENTILATOR TO HELP OTHERS.”

+Pat,
Are you assuming that sexual people are not saintly? It would appear that you would infer that Maynooth seminarians are not capable of great charity? B. Marshall was known for looking after people in his den. Being a sexual being does not mean you are not capable of doing great acts of charity.

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There is no contradiction between saintliness and sexual expression.

But priests in saunas? Seminary professors seducing seminarians? BDSM in Maynooth basements, seminarians raping older men?

Saints? Really?

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your father was a barrister.

the first thing he would say is, show me the evidence? where? where is it?

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A disingenuous question.
Whoever B.M. is your question is posed so as to discredit him. It doesn’t do that because you don’t produce evidence.
However, it does discredit you for seeking to denigrate someone without the evidence.

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3:50 – Pat

Do you realise you have done the same thing people that the Church done to you? You have passed on the pain inflicted on you onto other people. It is hard for people to feel sorry for you when you treat people in this manner.

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I imagine, for the time being, saunas are closed, Bp Pat. If not, the police should close them down and clear all the priests and seminarians out.

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We need equipment such as ventilators, facilities, accommodation, whatever. We don’t need pious words right now.
Medics will have to triage which means decide who lives and who dies.

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Tis all about thauld sex. O sh+it I said sex O fee I said sh+It. Of course sex is part of the creation mandate be fruitful and multiply. This priest of 90 gave a ventilator. Great man no doubt. The Government has suddenly found money to build temporary hospitals and speed up benefits. Why th fek did it take a virus to jump them into gear. What about all who suffered and some who died because there was no money to address their needs hi

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Good Night Hi Fly.
Begorra fly theres them bits and bobs with the mandate to be fruitful.
Mind how you go. Be responsible. Are the Govs on a promise fly.
And are we in hoc forever and ever.
Know any flush friends in high places.
Might need to call on them.Fair play to Bro. Joseph. Love covers a multitude.
Good Night Fly hi.

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Recon these folk , bless them , will still get into heaven? Puts things in perspective. Where will all the jetsetters go. Sole destroying

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Good Afternoon Hi fly.
Begorra fly i ain’t God so I don’t know but let’s hope they see the face of God and live…
The jetsetters are on lockdown on terra firma like us all. Fishy tale.
May the Force be with you.+
Bye bye fly hi.

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11.19: Obviously you’re not up to speed with directives. You are the f*****g knob: you moron. Funerals are potential moments to pass on the CORONAVIRUS. The advice must be followed seriously, not irresponsibly. You’re like thise idiots who cough and spit into people’s faces for fun. What isolation are you in or in? Mars? Go and educate yourself. Think of the undertakers, sacristans, priests….all in close proximity….While very sad for the bereaved we cannot take any risks.

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The UK government has ordered 10,000 ventilators from Dyson to help deal with the coronavirus crisis according to the following BBC News article. The device looks a lot smaller than the £80,000 example on the blog the other day. Hopefully, your GoFundMe page will be up and running again soon.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52043767

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Isn’t it astonishing how quickly some people take their eye off the ball? News of an Italian male who recently died, reportedly because he offered his respirator to a younger patient, has ‘gone viral’, not because he did such a wonderful thing, but because he was a Romanist priest who did such a thing. The supreme self-sacrifice, one’s willing death, isn’t enough these days to attract such attention and admiration: one must, oddly enough, be also a Romanist priest. Even in death there is innate clericalism in the most unlikely people, who would, ordinarily, robustly deny it. Meantime, medical personnel globally are risking their lives, everyday, to help Covid-infected patients; but they are relatively unsung. What makes people value more highly than that of anyone else an apparent self-sacrifice by a Romanist priest, especially that so much about them that is morally repugnant is now known? Are we really, at heart, just children who prefer the reassuring fantasy of saintly priests over the awful reality about priesthood and priests that many of these men have shown? Christ himself made no such distinction when he said ‘greater love has no man than when he lays down his life for his friends’. Nevertheless, some people are less egalitarian than Christ and prefer and promote a hierarchy of such sacrifice, with, of course, the clergy at its most supreme and lionised point.
As far as I know, medics in China have already died helping the sick in this pandemic. However, they aren’t being, and won’t be, blogged about, won’t have their praises sung to the rafters. Why? Because they weren’t Romanist priests.
Lest we forget.
But how easily and quickly we do so.
Another fact quickly forgotten here is that such men as that Italian Romanist priest spend almost their entire adult lives supporting an institution that has inflicted so much evil on the innocent young, and who minister not in Christ’s name, but in the name of this evil institution.
The Romanist priests who post here claiming that there are good men in the priesthood will use this man’s death to help rehabilitate the tattered character of the church they serve over Christ. But I wonder whether this Italian priest ever did what so many of his confreres had done: sexually assault children and/or cover up for those who committed such depraved and criminal acts. It is possible, given what we now know of the history and nature of the institution he willingly served.
On yesterday’s blog, one poster in particular goaded Bishop Pat to blog on this priest; sadly, Pat succumbed to the pressure.
Be under no illusion: today’s blog is not primarily about the apparent selflessness of a Romanist, poster-boy Italian priest, but about restoring the tarnished reputation of the institutional Roman Catholic Church. Just as the cover-ups of child-sexual abuse by Romanist priests were about preventing the true and corrupted character of this church from becoming its reputation. 😱

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MC, I decided, without any pressure, days ago to blog about this man.

I would be impressed with this man regardless of his work.

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I doubt even this supreme act of heroism could restore the tarnished reputation of the institutional Roman Catholic Church notorious for its recent history of sexual abuse of children by priests.

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Magna Carta, can you tell us the reason, or reasons, for the hatred you have for all things to do with The Catholic Church? You must be carrying a great hurt to be so hate filled……

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4.47am: The time tells its own story. Thus comment is the ranting of a viciously deranged person. Pat is right to highlight this story but you twist it to vent horrible nastiness against priests. You are hatred personified. A virus. A poison. You should not be allowed any platform to spew hatred. You are beyond uselessness. Stay in your cave bed.

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1.11

What story does my post at 4.47am tell, you bloody fool? I suppose whatever your nasty, vindictive, hating, lying little mind can conceive about me.

And you have the nerve to point an accusing finger at me???😕

Another lying Cathbot or Romanist priest. There isn’t a wafer’s difference between either.

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Anon@ 1.11pm: You single out the posting time as the key relevance for you to unleash personalised insults. Since the 4.47 comment is well articulated and cogent, regardless of whether one agrees with its content or not, perhaps you could explain YOUR rationale?
But if it’s only because you don’t want opinions other than your own, well don’t bother. I’ll try to understand.
MMM

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Bishop Pat at 6.44

Fair enough. But then, why weren’t you impressed enough to blog about the same self-sacrifice by others, medical workers who were not Romanist priests? At least eight medical personnel, including a 29-year-old doctor, died in China doing precisely what this priest apparently did: giving his life for others.

I think your eye has been caught not just by this man’s apparent self-sacrifice, but also by the fact that he was a priest.

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It is as if such a sacrifice by a priest were more heroic, and of greater worth, than that by any other person; it isn’t: Jesus makes no such distinction. But it is, unquestionably, held in far higher esteem by Roman Catholic clerics themselves; and now, it seems, by you. This is clerical exceptionalism, pure and simple. It is why, for example, priests have different funeral rites from others; it is why they were protected when they raped or sodomised innocent children. It is, fundamentally, responsible for the moral degeneration not just of the papacy and the priesthood, but of the Roman Catholic Church in gereral.

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7.36: Why is God allowing this virus awaken each new day?. Its poison is monstrous. It’s an evil in our midst. Each day the same poison is spewed. Soon it will drown in its poison. This composite, Magna, is an evil virus that’s like an uncontrolled hippo roaming and charging madly, deranged, dangerous. Pat loves this creep.

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Pat does not “love his creep: 😆

DOD you not notice MC criticising me today for praising the priest?

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9.58

Another hate-filled and vengeful post from yet another dirty, rotten, lying RC.

You people are a walking contradiction: you denounce me in precisely the same way I denounce the corruption of your priests and your church.

Stinking, vile hypocrites, the lot of you. You wouldn’t know Christ if he walked across the nearest pond.

Do you rertards never wonder why people aren’t drawn to your faith? It’s because of your behaviour.

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Bishop, I must take issue with your comment about BDSM in Maynooth basements, because it implies that that is an isolated or unusual act. Whereas in fact we know that the mere act of going to seminary is itself masochistic and the candidate must be prepared to give whatever is wanted at any moment 😇

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Precisely, 8:23am. And what is the MagnaTroll by comparison? A bitter and twisted reject from the seminary. A gutless keyboard warrior. A faceless creature without “balls”, who spends his days spewing vitriol, lies and hatred, anonymously and indiscriminately, on a blog. 🙄

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Here we go, off again! 😆Member of the KKK😻? Holier than thou? 😇 In for the perks+ job security? 💄You, tell me bud. ( Just askin,like)😱

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Every culture likes to have its heroes. Mother Theresa, Maximilian Kolbe, this Italian priest and his ventilator. Dig a bit deeper, and invariably you find that under the saintly heroic external shell there is a fragile, feeble, failing human. I guess Jean Vanier would have been included in this saintly heroic list, but his failures became clear before he could be placed too high on a pedestal.

What I am most aware of is that there are so many others, simple, straightforward, holy in their life and world, people whom I have known over the years. Unsung. Uncelebrated. But, as good and holy, even heroic, as those whose names we know. Is it not, in part, what All Saints celebrates ?

What I would want the Church to do is to avoid trying to ‘clericalise’ heroism in the present crisis. It’s all well and fine that priests are, sadly, victims and even do good and heroic things, but let us avoid making it all about them when we know that there are so many other people who are doing as much if not more. Sadly, given the lack of trust we now have in clergy because of their obvious failings in various scandals we now know about, it could be counterproductive to try and swiftly put them back on a pedestal at the first opportunity. They need to do far more penance and repentance as a class before that should happen, and they need time, lots of time, to do that. It’s time for them to hide whatever light they have under a bushel and let God alone see their good works, such as they are.

I’m wary too of the ‘angels of mercy’ narrative that we see developing around health care workers. Yes, they have a difficult role, and maybe even a somewhat dangerous one given their proximity to people who are sick, but it is the role they have chosen, and for which they are more than decently paid and respected, and the time has come for them just to carry on and do it without trying to create some sort of sanctified and sacrificial myth about them and their role. Yes, we all have a part to play in making that role easier and safe – by following self isolating advice etc – but I do rather get fed up of being lectured in YouTube videos by young, white, middle class doctors from nice homes and families and private educations and nice universities about being selfish for popping out to the shops ! Like the priests, they should shut up and get on with what they are doing and spare us their self-serving narrative of being saviours of the world. We’ve heard that one before. And where did it get us…. ?

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9.23: A good, reflective comment. You make a good argument about how different sectors and professions are responding to the coronavirus. I witness the hero’s and heroines everyday – parents, guardians, grandparents, the lovely, humble elderly who grace our Churches. The local community instantly recognised Fr. Berardelli’s act of goodness. What I find outrageous and totally unjust, unacceptable and morally reprehensible is the way Pat has used this terrible tragedy to pit one against another- to excoriated priest’s, allowing a hate filled narrative against the Church and clergy. He has boasted all to frequently about his supposed Christian actions and compares all of us by his standards. He does much good but I am dismayed by the tone of his comnents and those of his allies. As a priest, like many thousands, I am challenged at this time. We do not need to deity some: we all have our part to play. We must be in this fight together, not by sniping, judging, condemning and scoring cheap shots. What matters now us that we do our utmost in kindness, charity and caring..Let us know that God sees our quiet acts of love. I too am a little disconcerted that some privileged high profile people are lecturing us. I only want the medical professionals to guide all of us at this time.

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I’m not so sure that + Pat is setting people against each other. Some of his correspondent, perhaps, do go a bit far. But, that is free speech ! What point I think + Pat does express so eloquently, not just today but for a long time, is that the rotten core of clericalism, exceptionalism, coverup and lack of accountability has been alive and kicking in the Church and the clerical ranks for too long, and still is alive and kicking. That has to be called out, uncomfortable though it might be, and I for one am very glad that + Pat’s blog allows that to happen. Until that is cleared up and a new way of being Church and being priest is actioned, we will still be subject to a dysfunctional clerical and Church culture, with all the consequent malaise that comes from that, and from which we have suffered already too much. It’s a painful, but very necessary process of cultural change.

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10:09
Well, if it’s not called out now, it might never be called out! ( We know, that’s not going to happen, Bros.).

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GO FUND ME is only contactable by email

I have having an email conversation with them and hope to have it back up today.

Donations stand at £ 433.

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At least 60 Italian priests have died after contracting coronavirus
By Courtney Mares
Rome, Italy, Mar 23, 2020 / 10:07 am (CNA).- In the past week alone, more than 3,000 people have died in Italy after contracting the coronavirus. Among the dead are at least 60 priests this month, according to local media reports.
“I pray to the Holy Spirit to give us the gift of light and strength. Everyday I do the Via Crucis asking the Lord … to carry this cross with us,” Bishop Gianni Ambrosio of Piacenza-Bobbio said in an Italian interview.
Avvenire, the newspaper owned by the Italian bishops conference, published the names of 51 diocesan priests who died after contracting COVID-19, and noted that religious communities in Italy had also reported nine coronavirus related deaths.
The majority of the deceased were over the age of 70 years old, and some of these priests had underlying health conditions.
The youngest priest to die from COVID-19 in Italy was Fr. Paolo Camminati, who died in the hospital on March 21 at age 53.

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10.94: Bill Gates reflection is superb…I used it for reflection at our noonday prayer in solidarity with Pope Francis and all parishes throughout the world. We need to unite in spirit thriugh prayer. The sad news we hear each day requires reflective, kind and compassionate words that help us find comfort. We can do without the crass ignorant prose of the ever so insignificant MagnaRantism, lying comfortably in bed.

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2.22

Why not? Bill Gates is widely known for his philanthropism.

The institutional RCC?😕 (Self-expenditure does not count as philanthropism.)

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Poor auld Marge: always feels less a human being when others who in the line of duty make the ultimate sacrifice. The local civil leaders were the first to recognise the wonderful love and caring of this Italian priest. His life spoke its own fidelity to God and of his Christ-like living. Magna, you are stuck in the bottom of your pot of s**t. God bless all who are putting themselves out for their fellow human being, including priests. Yes. God keep Magna away from humanity.

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8.23
I did not say that his courage shouldn’t be respected, if indeed courage is what it actually was. Who can tell the real motives of people who, on the face of it, lay down their lives for others. It isn’t always from selflessness and love. There is always the temptation of spiritual pride, and I’d say this is much more likely in religiously minded people than atheists, the former ever self-interested by seeking to avoid Hell through achieveing the Crown of Glory in Heaven. I doubt whether the medical personnel who died in China, being communists presumably, did so without even a fleeting thought of Heaven or Hell, never mind a singular love of God. No; this was the driving force of people like Mother Teresa, and it led her to see suffering human beings as just a means to her sanctification.
In my eyes, the conduct of those dead Chinese medics was all the purer and nobler, and all the more heroic, since it would have been done without any thought of heavenly reward or punishment. THEIR conduct was truly selfless. That Italian priest’s?😕
I’d go as far as saying that Christianity makes it virtually impossible for believers to be saints, since it puts them on their own guard, not on the guard of others.
My beef is the fact that the Italian priest is being held up as if he were the ONLY person to have made such a sacrifice; he is not. Apart from the deaths of medical personnel in China, around five such personel died in Italy for the same reason. But no one is lionising their courage; only the courage of the priest.
Why?
What makes his conduct a cut above the rest? Is it a cut above the rest? No, because selfless love, whether in a priest or atheist, is what makes an act holy; nothing else. And certainly not the priesthood.

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11.14: Another hater. Hope you never need or won’t soon need help or compassion…You seem, like your idol, caught in your own selfish world.

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1.19

Whoa!

Hold your horses.

What the hell is wrong with you?

Can you offer SENSIBLE of my post instead of resorting to playground taunts?

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2.01: Get off the stage. Stay in your cave. Fall stupidly drunk and sleep long…..long….looooong.

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10.54: What a horrible person you are Magna! Horrible. Do us all a favour and fall off the stage. You’re tiresome, boring, deliberately provocative, insulting and abusive. You are as useless to humanity as those you so describe. Utterly inane and useless. More useless than useless. You’ve reached the depth of your poison pit. St. Mother Theresa, pray for us: Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us: all holy men and women, pray for us. O God, fill our hearts with peace, healing and hope. Derpen our trust in you. Bless all who are on the frontline working selflessly for our good, health and well-being. Spare us O Lord from the MagnaVirus.

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11.11

I have news for you: the Lord directed me here that some, in desperate need, might hear a narrative different from the one they usually hear.

I am your wake-up call.

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Magna Carta, go and get yourself a job. You are no better than the people who ring Liveline….wastrels who have nothing else to do.

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11.34: Magna = hatred, evil, nastiness, empty, drunkard. Get a life before this virus takes you. Repent.

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11:34
God does not call people like you, who behave as you do, who treat others as you do. Your actions preclude you from speaking on behalf of God.
You are a liar, a clashing gong who is self-sounding.

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2.02: No, Viperous Virus Magna: Repenting is all about becoming more like Christ….not anyone else. Let Christ find you in your cave dwelling. Open your heart to him. God bless you in your misery. Go sleep, babyface, go to sleep…

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12.08….Mary also said…”Keep your sons away from Larne…protect your sanctity….Keep away from the Oratory…”.

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Far too many are too busy maintaining the status quo, defending the fraternity, and defending the institution.
God has NO favourites.

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I am trying to do you a favour. Some reading this blog may soon be called by the Lord.
Fill your time before the Lord in prayer. Trust in the Lord.

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Today it has struck me anew how bizarre the response to Magna is. Magna makes a comment which is a statement of fact as he sees it.
The KKK then tells him he is full of hate.
Magna doesn’t care.
And they keep on doing this day after day…. It really is bizarre!

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12.50: What’s even more bizarre and disappointing is Pat’s facilitating Magna’s putrid and nasty hatred. This is so wrong to print such awful commentary.

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… In your opinion but obviously not in Pat’s (or in mine) but you all are not getting the message that he’s not going to stop!

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Anon@12:50: It struck me a long time ago that many of the ranting commentators directing their ire at Magna, or other comments not mirroring their own perceptions, when they repetitively continue in this way, they invariably demonstrate their own stupidity and limitations.
While Magna ‘s comments can be OTT and unnecessarily vitriolic, they are invariably cogently argued and informative, whether one agrees or not. They are in stark contrast to the ad hominem repetitous rants of those regurgitating their “failed seminarian” insults.
For my part I simply laugh at their attempts and can’t be bothered engaging with them.
MMM

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Convent in Turin isolated after 5 nuns die of coronavirus

Elise Ann Allen
Mar 26, 2020
SENIOR CORRESPONDENT

ROME – Among the latest casualties of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Italy are five sisters belonging to a convent in the country’s northern Piedmont region, prompting the immediate isolation and quarantine of the remaining nuns.
Roughly 90 miles from Milan, Turin holds 10 of the more than 30 deaths in Piedmont, which neighbors Lombardy, the region most heavily impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. As of Wednesday evening, there were a total of 74,386 cases in Italy, with an increase of 3,491 since Tuesday.
Fatalities between Tuesday and Wednesday rose by 683, for a total of 7,503 dead since the outbreak began. However, the number of those cured is also rising, currently at 9,362, according to the Italian Ministry of Health.
Around two weeks ago roughly 32 of the 41 sisters in the motherhouse of the Little Missionary Sisters of Charity in Turin began complaining of flu-like symptoms. Several sisters in the convent work at the city’s Mater Dei rest home, where some 10 people had tested positive for the coronavirus, around three of whom have died.
According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, it took several days before the sisters realized their symptoms could be compatible with COVID-19.
Once they called it in, the coordinator of Piedmont’s crisis unit, Mario Raviolo, arrived and set up two tents outside the convent where more than 40 people, including 41 sisters and several lay workers, were swabbed and tested. At the time, about 20 showed genuine symptoms of the coronavirus.
Those who were found positive were immediately taken to the hospital in a string of ambulances.
As of March 26, five sisters in the convent – aged between 82-98 – had died. Among the dead is the mother superior of the convent, who had been in charge since 2005. There are 13 nuns still hospitalized with the coronavirus.
On March 20 the community’s priest confessor, 81, was also reported to have died of COVID-19.
Remaining sisters who did not test positive have been moved to another building inside the city, where they will stay in quarantine. Convent workers have been sent to home isolation and are under observation.
This is just one of many mini outbreaks inside convents experienced in Italy. Last week, nearly 60 religious sisters in two convents outside of Rome tested positive and were sent into isolation.
Most of the sisters belong to the Daughters of San Camillo convent in Grottaferrata, which is on the outskirts of Rome, while the rest are from the Angelic Sisters of Saint Paul convent in Rome, which currently houses 21 sisters.

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