The view from Bergamo, Italy, where at least 11 priests have died from the coronavirus
by John Burger
After churches were closed two weeks ago, some priests celebrated Mass outdoors, until the bishops put a stop to that too.
The city of Bergamo in northern Italy has lost at least 11 priests to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, perhaps the highest concentration of clerics who have died during this pandemic. That fact saddens but does not surprise native son Mario Enzler.
Enzler is a former Swiss Guard who grew up in Bergamo and is staying in daily contact with his octogenarian parents there. His mother knew five of the priests who died and is saddened that due to public restrictions, they will not have funerals.