Cardinal Ouedraogo of Burkino Faso Positive With COVID19

Reassures His People, & Invites Faithful to Pray for All Suffering

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Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo is hospitalized with COVID 19, marking the second cardinal to have been confirmed with the disease.

The first cardinal was Vicar General of Rome, Cardinal De Donatis, who is hospitalized, but said to be in good condition. Saying he is «serene» and «calm,» Cardinal De Donatis has expressed that he entrusts himself to the Lord, and sees this trial as an opportunity to share in the suffering of so many brothers and sisters.

Now, Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo, Archbishop of the diocese of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, in West Africa, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

This was stated in a note from the vicar general of this same diocese, Father Alfred Ouedraogo, on March 30, 2020, which added that the cardinal was transferred to a clinic for care and hospitalized.

The cardinal wants to reassure the people of God, he expressed in a note, adding he «invites» all faithful «to remain united in prayer for him and for all the other sick as well as for all those who care for them.»

Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo, 75, is the second bishop of Burkino Faso with coronavirus, after Bishop Séraphin Rouamba, former president of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger and Archbishop of Koupela, tested positive on March 25.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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