Belo Horizonte (Agenzia Fides) - While the Day of Charity was being celebrated in Brazil yesterday (see Fides, 18/7/2020), news of the death of Mgr. Henrique Soares da Costa, Bishop of Palmares, state of Pernambuco, was released. The Brazilian Bishop, 57, had been hospitalized for Covid-19 on July 4, in the intensive care unit of San José Hospital in Recife, and his health conditions had complicated in the last few days until his death on July 18th.
Mgr. Soares da Costa had been appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Aracaju in 2009, where he remained until 2014, when he was appointed Bishop of the diocese of Palmares. As reported in the note of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) sent to Fides, since the beginning of this week the diocese of Palmares had organized moments of prayer for the health of the Bishop: every day one of the priests led the prayer from 8 am to 12, broadcast by social networks, where the deceased Bishop had thousands of followers. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 20/7/2020)