VATICAN CITY (CNS) – United States Cardinal Raymond Burke said he has tested positive for the virus that causes Covid-19.
In an August 10 tweet, he wrote: “Praised 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.”
The 73-year-old cardinal, a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, served as bishop of that diocese from 1995 to 2004, as archbishop of St. Louis from 2004 to 2008, and as prefect of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signature from 2008 to his resignation in 2014.
While the cardinal often resides in Italy, he travels extensively and was believed to be in Wisconsin at the time of the tweet.
The Catholic News Agency reported that the cardinal’s tweet put to rest speculation circulating on social media about his health.
The cardinal was a keynote speaker at Family Life International’s “Living the Splendour of Truth” conference in Auckland in 2018.