One week ago, Cardinal Raymond Burke was diagnosed with COVID-19. 4 days later, he was placed on a ventilator. Yesterday, his family has called for a renewal of prayer for Burke, who was said to be in critical condition and near-death.
Today, a statement Father Paul Check of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, said Cardinal Burke “remains in serious, but stable condition.”
“His family, who with a team of doctors, is responsible for all medical decisions while the Cardinal remains sedated and on a medical ventilator, has great confidence in the care he is receiving. The Cardinal has received the Sacraments from priests nearby to him. There are several relics in his room. Though his family realizes that the Cardinal ‘belongs’ to the Church, they also ask that we respect his privacy. The period of hospitalization, and for now isolation because of the COVID virus, may be prolonged as His Eminence’s body fights the infection and recovers strength. For the time being, the sedation assists his own peace and rest.”
The Shrine asked for continued prayers for Cardinal Burke and his family, by praying the rosary and attending Mass.
Catholic Healthcare International also released a video of Cardinal Burke praying the Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus so you can pray with him.
“Please pray daily with Cardinal Burke.
This video was recorded recently with plans to use it for a future event. With Cardinal Burke’s current critical need for urgent prayer, we decided to share it immediately.
Cardinal Burke has a strong devotion to the Sacred Heart.
Thank you and may God bless and heal our dear Cardinal Burke!”
Let us pray for Cardinal Burke!
Pray Pope Francis’ pandemic prayer here!