A detailed search has been carried out by Fr. Suresh Matthew OFM Cap in compiling details of Covid casualties of priests in India with the sole intention of helping the Church with data collection. Since it has been have seen European Churches gathering data and communicating it to the universal Church.
Thanks to his efforts in compiling information on all Covid deaths of Catholic priests and religious in India.
As of date, the Church lost more than 500 priests and religious to the vicious virus in the last thirteen months. The data collected by him was published by both regional and national media. International news portals, including the Vatican News, carried stories about Covid casualties of priests and religious in India. The latest data available can be bifurcated as follows:
Bishops : 03
Diocesan Priests : 125
Religious Priests : 131
Religious Brothers : 09
Religious Nuns : 247
Total number of Covid deaths until today: 515
Thomas Yellavula MHM
See also: Vatican News