He came to the country to celebrate 25 years of priesthood, but ended up being contaminated with the disease, requiring hospitalization on March 9. He was in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) of Hospital Santa Casa de Campo Mourão, when he died on April 1st.
According to the Diocese of Campo Mourão, in Paraná, the priest’s death occurred days after his father, Valdir Marques Batista, died on March 5. The mother, Izabel Tricossi Batista, lost her life on the 23rd of the same month, while the priest was already treating himself in the ICU. His brother also became infected, but managed to recover from the disease.
“Father Marinaldo Batista overcame all pain and suffering and was welcomed by the angels in the final home. May God welcome him in the joy of the Kingdom. May God reward life and ministry immensely in favor of the Kingdom of God. May life and mission of Father Marinaldo among us be the seed of new and holy vocations “, stressed the Parish of Santo Antônio, in Mariluz.
The report got in touch with parish priest Rômulo Gonçalves, from Mariluz, and with relatives from Marinaldo, but has not yet received a return.
Born in Paraná, the priest worked at Santa Isabel Parish, in Bristol, in the state of Connecticut, in the United States.
“I hope I don’t have the same fate as my father”
On the day of hospitalization, the priest published on social media that he feared he would have the same fate as his father, who died with covid-19. He published at 5:54 am that he was waiting for a bed to treat the disease.
“I am admitted to the UPA [Unidade de Pronto Atendimento] in Mariluz waiting for a vacancy in the infirmary since yesterday. I hope I don’t have the same fate as my father, “he wrote on March 9.
Four days earlier, on March 5, Marinaldo published a video shortly after burying his father. He said that the mother and brother were hospitalized in the ICU and did not know about the death of the elderly person. The religious commented that he had symptoms and made an appeal for people to stay at home. With 10,000 inhabitants, Mariluz had 700 confirmed cases in the last bulletin published on the city hall’s website, on March 30. At the time, there were 26 deaths.
“I want to alert you that you are denying the disease. I went to the laboratory to do the test and saw people walking down the street as if nothing was happening. there is no place for sick people “, he stressed.
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