Retired Priest Fr. Stephen Pesado of Leyte Succumbed to Coronavirus Disease
The retired priest Fr. Stephen Pesado of Leyte province has passes away due to the coronavirus disease.
The 65-year-old priest Fr. Stephen Pesado has passed away at a hospital in Tacloban City while being treated. Pesado was the first ever priest in Leyte to succumb to the coronavirus disease 2019.
The priest’s body has been quickly cremated to avoid the possible spread of COVID-19 in the areas. The immediate cremation of Pesado’s remains is a part of the government protocols in handling the health crisis.
A lot of people believe that the retired priest got the virus from a social gathering he attended. Other retired priests of the Archdiocese of Palo in Leyte remained at the archdiocese’s Clergy House before Pesado’s death.
“The entire Archdiocese of Palo mourns his death. This sends a strong message to all the faithful that even priests, who strictly follow all the basic health protocols, could still acquire the deadly virus,” the archdiocese spokesperson Fr. Chris Arthur Militante said.
Meanwhile, four other priests have tested positive for COVID-19. All of them are asymptomatic and have been isolated in compliance with safety protocols.
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