More than 48,000 people have signed an online petition asking the Brazilian bishops to open a beatification cause for the most recent bishop to die from the coronavirus.
Bishop Henrique Soares da Costa of Palmares, Brazil, died of COVID-19 on July 18, at the age of 57. Da Costa had been hospitalized for more than two weeks of treatment in the intensive care unit of the St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco. “The Holy Catholic Church in Brazil has lost one of the greatest names in its recent episcopate, Bishop Henrique Soares da Costa,” the petition reads. The petition claims that the bishop died with “the odor of sanctity” and “Catholics from all over Brazil and even abroad, on hearing of his death, exclaim as in the loss of St. John Paul II: Santo Subito!”
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