Two Vatican cardinals, one of whom spoke with Pope Francis on Friday, have tested positive for COVID-19. One of them is in hospital with pneumonia. Source: Crux.
Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, 57, the Pope’s point man for charity in the city of Rome, went to the Vatican’s health centre with symptoms of pneumonia on Monday. He was then transferred to the Gemelli hospital in Rome.
Italian Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, 78, president of the governorate of Vatican City, also tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Italian news reports.
The Vatican announced that everyone who’s been in contact with Cardinal Krajewski in the past few days is being tested but hasn’t clarified if this includes Pope Francis. The two spoke during the final Advent meditation, on December 18. During the weekend, in the name of Rome’s homeless, the Polish cardinal sent the Pope sunflowers for his birthday.
The same day, he distributed face masks and basic medical supplies to the city’s poorest on behalf of the Pope.
Cardinal Krajewski is the papal almoner, an institution dating back at least 800 years that is in charge of charitable actions in the city of Rome on behalf of the pontiff.
The position has been given a new prominence under Francis, and Cardinal Krajewski is widely seen as one of the pontiff’s closest collaborators.
Cardinal who met pope on Friday hospitalized with COVID-19 (By Ines San Martín, Crux)