Archbishop Moses M Costa hospitalised with COVID-19

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:09, Jun 16,2020


Holy Cross archbishop Moses M Costa of Chittagong Archdiocese had tested positive for COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka.

He is the first known COVID-19 case among the country’s senior Catholic clergy.

Chittagong Catholic Archdiocese secretary Manik Willver D’Costa said that on June 13 the 70-year-old Costa was admitted to Square Hospital in serious condition and tested COVID-19 positive the next day.

He said that Costa’s health condition had not improved rather worsened, adding that, he was on oxygen support.

Archbishop Costa is the secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh and chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Healthcare Commission.

Archbishop Costa was appointed bishop of Chattogram in 2011 and became an archbishop when Pope Francis elevated Chattogram, known as the cradle of Catholicism in Bangladesh, to an archdiocese in 2017.

He served as bishop of Dinajpur from 1996 to 2011.

Chattogram was among the first of the eight Catholic dioceses in Bangladesh to issue COVID-19 health guidelines and closed all churches for public liturgy even before Bangladesh declared a nationwide shutdown from March 26.

Bangladesh lifted the shutdown on May 31 and since then all dioceses except Chattogram have opened churches for public liturgy including Masses.

Manik said that Costa maintained strict lockdown measures since March, but he still became infected.

More than 30 people from the minority Christian community have been infected and five have died in recent weeks, he added.

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