A Polish cardinal and another Italian, both very close to Pope Francis , have coronavirus, official Vatican sources confirmed on Tuesday, which also announced that the high pontiff will not appear in public for his traditional Christmas message.
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, chaplain responsible for the Pope’s charitable works, tested “positive for COVID-19,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed Tuesday.
The religious, 57, had symptoms of pneumonia and is admitted to a hospital in Rome , these sources added. The Holy See is verifying who he was in contact with in recent days.
Nicknamed the “Robin Hood” of the Pope, for his works on behalf of the most disadvantaged, this cardinal often meets with him.
The other cardinal who tested positive is the Italian Giuseppe Bertello, 78, president of the government of the Vatican City State , a role that makes him exercise executive power in this tiny state on behalf of the Pope.
His diagnosis was published by the Italian press and confirmed to journalists by a source close to the Holy See.
Francisco holds numerous private meetings at the residence in Santa Marta, where he lives. At 84, he has rarely been seen wearing a mask . On Monday, when he presented his wishes for the new year to the four thousand Vatican workers and their families, the pope couldn’t help but reach out to the participants and even took a baby in his arms.