Vatican worker living in the same house as Pope Francis ‘tests positive for coronavirus’
- The pastor has lived in the guest house of Saint Martha in the Holy See for years
- An unknown person’s symptoms have caused him to be hospitalized in Rome
- Pontiff also works at the Saint Martha guest house and takes his meals there
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A Vatican worker who lives in the same residence as Pope Francis has been hospitalized after allegedly testing positive for coronavirus.
The clergyman, who is not mentioned, has lived in the guest house of Saint Martha in Saint Martha for years.
Pope Francis, 83, also uses the building as his residence, for his meals and for private gatherings. He has remained largely secluded since catching a cold late last month.
Italy has remained at the epicenter of the European virus outbreak, recording more deaths than China from the disease.
Pope Francis has no symptoms of the virus, Vatican sources said. He is depicted giving a mass at Santa Marta Church this morning
Pictured above is the guest house of Saint Martha in the Holy See, Rome. The Pope uses the building as his residence, eats there, and holds private meetings
The guest house is disinfected by the Vatican authorities.
The Pope, who is said to be in good health, streamed mass at Santa Marta Church this morning.
In addition to using the Saint Martha guest house, the Pope also visits the Vatican Library to record messages for the 1.3 billion Catholics in the world.
The La Stampa and Il Messagro newspapers said the unnamed person was hospitalized in Rome and steps were taken to disinfect the building.
La Stampa also reported that Pope Francis “had been eating alone in his room for some time.”
“He spends a lot of his time in his apartment and when he enters the house he keeps the necessary safe distances,” wrote La Stampa.
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni told AFP that he was unable to confirm or deny the reports.
The Vatican has been closed since the outbreak in Italy. Officials report a glimmer of hope, as the number of new infections and the death rate both seem to be slowing down.
Vatican News official website said the number of infected people in the city-state has risen to four.
This includes a person who first tested positive on March 6.
“The new cases included an employee of the trade office and two employees of the Vatican Museums,” the official news site said.
The pope, born in Argentina, has lived a healthy life despite losing a lung lung as a young man and suffering from sciatica – a nerve disease that causes pain in his hip.
Pope Francis urged Christians not to succumb to the evil of self-pity and to stop complaining about their lives instead of taking action in a crowd livestreamed from his Vatican home
The Pope gave a video speech on Tuesday urging Christians not to “complain about everything” or indulge in “evil” self-pity.
Francis said that laziness – characterized by carelessness, apathy, and self-pity – is a “poison, a mist that envelops the soul and does not let it live,” before he offered prayers for health workers and dead priests who helped people suffering from coronavirus.
Hours later, the Pope also held a massive Lord’s Prayer through an online broadcast to comfort people during the outbreak.
The pope keeps his general audience and Sunday blessings via internet and television from the official papal library instead of in front of tens of thousands of people on St. Peter’s Square.
Francis also prayed for those who died while treating coronavirus patients, saying they were a “heroic example”
Italy has seen a slight drop in the death rate since the outbreak of the disease, with a decrease of 683 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total to 7,503.
The country also registered 602 deaths on Monday and 650 on Sunday.
The authorities hope that the national cessation will begin to have an impact as the number of newly reported cases also begins to decrease.