Italian priest recalls COVID-19 'nightmare' of coffin-filled church

By Alex Fraser and Philip Pullella SERIATE, Italy (Reuters) - On the wall of St. Joseph's Church hangs a black-and-white photograph with a caption remembering when the Italian parish of Seriate gave 270 people emergency "hospitality" last year - coffins of the dead from COVID-19, sometimes up to 40 at a time. The hosts were Father Mario Carminati, 65, and Marcello Crotti, 46, who opened up the church to give the deceased a dignified temporary place of rest so they would not have to wait in a warehouse for burial or cremation. "For me it was a nightmare, but I didn't have the opportunity to thi...