Today 14 July 2020, Tuesday @ 03.30 pm Archbishop Moses M. Costa, CSC was buried in the graveyard of ‘Our Lady of Holy Rosary Cathedral Church’, Patherghata, Chittagong after a funeral service celebrated by the Chairman of CBCB Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, CSC and co-celebrated by Bishop of Rajshahi Most Rev. Gervas Rozario; Bishop of Sylhet Most Rev. Bijoy D’Cruze, OMI; Bishop of Khulna Most Rev. James Romen Boiragi; Bishop of Barishal Most Rev. Lawrence Subrato Howlader, CSC; Auxilliary Bishop of Dhaka Most Rev Shorot Francis Gomes and many priests from whole around Bangladesh.
Archbishop Moses died yesterday (13 July 2020, Monday) at 09:20 am in Square Hospital, Dhaka at the age of 69. He died of multiple strokes caused by brain haemorrhage.
Previously on 13th June 2020, Archbishop Moses was admitted to square hospital with severe respiratory distress and cough. He was also suffering from fever and weakness for previous few weeks. Until 7th July 2020 he was recovering well and the medical board and his physicians were very optimistic about his release from the hospital. But his health condition drastically deteriorated since then and on 9th July 2020 he was transferred to ICU where he drew his last breath.
Most Rev. Moses M. Costa, CSC was appointed as the bishop of Chittagong on 6 April 2011 and his installation ceremony took place on 27 May 2011. Before Chittagong he served as the bishop of Dinajpur Diocese for more than 15 years (1996-2011). In 2017 when Chittagong was elevated to Archdiocese Archbishop Moses Costa was appointed as the 1st Archbishop of Chittagong by His Holiness Pope Francis.
In his life he was a faithful servant of God; a confident, humble, farsighted and bold personality. He worked tirelessly in the development of Chittagong and previously Dinajpur diocese. He established several health centers, educational institutions, charitable organizations and many other non-profit organizations. H e was a believer of participatory church and communion of communities and always tried to help the people in the periphery. His has a remarkable contribution in inter-religious and and inter-church dialogue and fraternity in Chittagong. His death is a great loss for Christian community as well as for whole Bangladesh. An irrecoverable loss for all of us. Let us pray that his his soul rest in eternal peace!