COVID-19 takes toll on Catholic clergy in hard-hit countries


              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira, standing, preaches at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Ahmedabad, India, shortly before contracting and dying from the coronavirus in April 2021. Sequeira was one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India, according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira, standing, preaches at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Ahmedabad, India, shortly before contracting and dying from the coronavirus in April 2021. Sequeira was one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India, according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira is given oxygen in Ahmedabad, India, during the country's second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Sequeira died from COVID-19 on April 18, 2021. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this April 18, 2021, photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, priests pray over the body of the late Rev. Jerry Sequeira before his cremation in Ahmedabad, India. Sequeira is one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira, standing, preaches at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Ahmedabad, India, shortly before contracting and dying from the coronavirus in April 2021. Sequeira was one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India, according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this April 18, 2021, photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, priests pray over the body of the late Rev. Jerry Sequeira before his cremation in Ahmedabad, India. Sequeira is one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira is given oxygen in Ahmedabad, India, during the country's second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Sequeira died from COVID-19 on April 18, 2021. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this April 18, 2021, photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, priests pray over the body of the late Rev. Jerry Sequeira before his cremation in Ahmedabad, India. Sequeira is one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira, standing, preaches at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Ahmedabad, India, shortly before contracting and dying from the coronavirus in April 2021. Sequeira was one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India, according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, a plaque memorializes the Rev. Jerry Sequeira, who died from the coronavirus on April 18, 2021, in Ahmedabad, India. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira is given oxygen in Ahmedabad, India, during the country's second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Sequeira died from COVID-19 on April 18, 2021. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this April 18, 2021, photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, priests pray over the body of the late Rev. Jerry Sequeira before his cremation in Ahmedabad, India. Sequeira is one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira, standing, preaches at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Ahmedabad, India, shortly before contracting and dying from the coronavirus in April 2021. Sequeira was one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India, according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, a plaque memorializes the Rev. Jerry Sequeira, who died from the coronavirus on April 18, 2021, in Ahmedabad, India. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira is given oxygen in Ahmedabad, India, during the country's second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Sequeira died from COVID-19 on April 18, 2021. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this April 18, 2021, photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, priests pray over the body of the late Rev. Jerry Sequeira before his cremation in Ahmedabad, India. Sequeira is one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira, standing, preaches at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Ahmedabad, India, shortly before contracting and dying from the coronavirus in April 2021. Sequeira was one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India, according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira is given oxygen in Ahmedabad, India, during the country's second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Sequeira died from COVID-19 on April 18, 2021. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this April 18, 2021, photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, priests pray over the body of the late Rev. Jerry Sequeira before his cremation in Ahmedabad, India. Sequeira is one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira, standing, preaches at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Ahmedabad, India, shortly before contracting and dying from the coronavirus in April 2021. Sequeira was one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India, according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this April 18, 2021, photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, priests pray over the body of the late Rev. Jerry Sequeira before his cremation in Ahmedabad, India. Sequeira is one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira, standing, preaches at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Ahmedabad, India, shortly before contracting and dying from the coronavirus in April 2021. Sequeira was one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India, according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this April 18, 2021, photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, priests pray over the body of the late Rev. Jerry Sequeira before his cremation in Ahmedabad, India. Sequeira is one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira, standing, preaches at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Ahmedabad, India, shortly before contracting and dying from the coronavirus in April 2021. Sequeira was one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India, according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, the Rev. Jerry Sequeira is given oxygen in Ahmedabad, India, during the country's second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Sequeira died from COVID-19 on April 18, 2021. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this April 18, 2021, photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, priests pray over the body of the late Rev. Jerry Sequeira before his cremation in Ahmedabad, India. Sequeira is one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this April 18, 2021, photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, priests pray over the body of the late Rev. Jerry Sequeira before his cremation in Ahmedabad, India. Sequeira is one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)
            
              In this April 18, 2021, photo provided by the Rev. Cedric Prakash, priests pray over the body of the late Rev. Jerry Sequeira before his cremation in Ahmedabad, India. Sequeira is one of more than 500 Catholic priests and nuns who have died from COVID-19 in India according to the Rev. Suresh Mathew, a priest at Holy Redeemer's Church in New Delhi and the editor of the church-run Indian Currents magazine. (Cedric Prakash via AP)