A parish priest of San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila succumbed to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Sunday.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website reported that Fr. Arnold Sta. Maria Cañoza died at the age of 45 early Sunday morning.
According to the report, San Agustin Church and Convento de San Agustin Intramuros will be closed starting March 21 “due to the nature of the Catholic priest’s death.”
“Access to the church and convent will be restricted, and operations at the parish office will also be suspended until further notice,” the parish said. “We ask for your understanding and prayers,” it added.
It said the Catholic priest had been a professed religious in the Order for 14 years.Cañoza first professed his vows in June 2006 and made his solemn profession in February 2011, it added. SOVEREIGNPH