August 18,2021—3pm PST—We have just received word from Lifesite News that Cardinal Burke’s condition is rapidly deteriorating and that he is suffering severe side-effects of a COVID infection. He has developed severe pneumonia and is not responding to treatment. Please intensify prayers for this faithful shepherd! – CBJ
Raymond Cardinal Burke, former bishop of La Crosse, WI, founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe at La Crosse. Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis, and former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome (the first American to have held this post in the Vatican court), now asks for prayers for his recovery from covid.
Recently placed on a ventilator in the hospital, with doctors’ assurances that he is improving, here are the Cardinal’s latest tweets:
@cardinalrlburke (believed to have been posted by his staff)
Cardinal Burke has been admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 and is being assisted by a ventilator. Doctors are encouraged by his progress. H.E. faithfully prayed the Rosary for those suffering from the virus. On this Vigil of the Assumption, let us now pray the Rosary for him.
@cardinalrlburkePraised be Jesus Christ! I wish to inform you that I have recently tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Thanks be to God, I am resting comfortably and receiving excellent medical care. Please pray for me as I begin my recovery. Let us trust in Divine Providence. God bless you.