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Cardinal Burke announces he's offering Mass next week

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Cardinal Raymond Burke, who has spent the last several months recovering from COVID-19, said Wednesday he plans to offer Mass in La Crosse next week. 

In a statement on his website, the Cardinal said that "although my rehabilitation remains an on-going process, my health has improved enough to return to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin."

The statement goes on to say he's scheduled masses on December 11 at 11 a.m, December 12 at 1 p.m., and December 13 at 12:15 p.m. 

The December 11 Mass will be livestreamed. The masses on December 12 and 13 are not. Cardinal Burke invited those who aren't able to attend one of the three masses to watch the livestream or if able, come to one of the masses. 

A vaccine skeptic, Cardinal Burke announced on his Twitter account on August 10 that he had contracted COVID-19. On August 14, his Twitter feed said that the Cardinal had been hospitalized. During that time, he spent several days on a ventilator.

He left the hospital on September 3 and was undergoing in-home rehabilitation.

The cardinal's statement on his website went on to say that "However much I desire for these public liturgies to mark the return to my usual pastoral activities, my rehabilitation must proceed for the foreseeable future. I will continue to keep you updated on my progress as I continue to write to you."

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