St. Elizabeth Parish in Bristol announces the death of the Rev. Marinaldo Batista on its Facebook page. Batista had been hospitalized in a COVID unit in Brazil. (St. Elizabeth Parish/Facebook)
Members of a parish in Bristol are in mourning after their pastor died from the coronavirus.
WEIGHING NOTE _______________________________ It is with deep regret that we report the death of Fr. Marinaldo Batista,…Posted by St. Elizabeth Parish – Diocese of Providence on Thursday, April 1, 2021
St. Elizabeth’s Church posted on Facebook that the Rev. Marinaldo Batista died on Thursday in Brazil, where he was hospitalized in the intensive care unit since early March.
“Father Marinaldo Batista overcame all pain and suffering and was welcomed by the angels in the final home. May God welcome you in the joy of the Kingdom,” wrote the church.
Last month, Batista made a plea on Facebook Live for better health care in Brazil after some of his family members tested positive for the virus.
St. Elizabeth’s Church, where he served for eight years, is planning a memorial Mass next week.