CNA Staff, Feb 5, 2021 / 03:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa said on Thursday that Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga has tested positive for COVID-19 and is “stable and recovering” at a local private clinic.
Fr. Rodolfo Varela, spokesman for the Honduran archdiocese, announced on Feb. 4 that Maradiaga, 78, felt “some flu-like symptoms on Tuesday and tested positive for COVID on Wednesday.”
“He is stable and recovering, but resting at the clinic upon the request of his doctor,” Fr. Varela added in a statement released by the Catholic television station TV Suyapa.
“The cardinal has asked Honduran Catholics to pray for him, but to turn their attention to all the people currently suffering from COVID in the country.”
Fr. Juan Ángel López, director of TV Suyapa, said: “The cardinal is diabetic and is 78 years old, so we have to take his condition seriously. He is now in the hands of Our Lady of Suyapa [Patroness of Honduras].”