Confirmed good news this morning:

    Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, 73, is off a ventilator, and is being moved back to his hospital room after spending days in the intensive care unit at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

    Here is the official communique from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which the cardinal founded in La Crosse, Wisconsin, two decades ago, when he was the bishop of La Crosse (the name La Crosse originated in the early 1800s, from the game with sticks that resembled a bishop’s crozier or la crosse in French, which was played by Native Americans there):

    August 21 Health Update from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe:

    His Eminence, Cardinal Burke, Health Update

    August 21, 2021

    Praised be Jesus Christ!

    The Cardinal’s family is pleased to announce that His Eminence has come off the ventilator and will leave the ICU today to return to his hospital room. His sister spoke with him on the phone this morning, and His Eminence expressed his deep gratitude for the many prayers offered on his behalf. His family asks that we continue those prayers for his full and speedy recovery, and they are grateful to God for the exceptional medical care the Cardinal has received from the dedicated doctors and nurses who continue to assist him.

    The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Cardinal’s media will provide further updates as directed by his family.

    God bless you.

    Rev. Paul N. Check

    Executive Director

    Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    Cardinal Burke Health Update | Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (

    Note: Below, we have links to purchase a copy of my book on Archbishop Viganò, and to support our “Friends of Lebanon” project. Any support would be gratefully received, and would be very helpful. Thank you, and best wishes to all. —Robert    

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    1) Short Term Help: to assist those who need immediate assistance – daily needs like food and water, electricity and other essential household items.

    2) Long Term Hope: to support projects which will help those most in need to become stable, to become self reliant, to receive education and to stay in Lebanon.

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