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COVID-19: India Loses Estimated 160 Catholic Priests

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage India, it also takes a major toll on India’s catholic priests. In the last 5 weeks, it has killed an estimated 160 catholic priests in the nation.

This brings the number down to an average of four priest deaths per day. This shocking news is from the Capuchin priest Father Suresh Mathew. Father Suresh is the editor of the Indian Currents magazine, a church run publication.

He compiled a list of the deceased. He also expressed concern at the alarming rate of death caused by the COVID-19 virus.

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“Even this initial list is very alarming, as we have only some 30,000 Catholic priests and if four die daily, it is a matter of great concern for all of us,” he stated.

It is worthy of note that since the middle of April India has reported about 300,000 new cases every day, leading to a shortage of hospital beds and vital medical care.

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