President Trump disembarks from Marine One followed by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as he arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Photo by Joshua Roberts via Reuters

San Diego Catholic Bishop Robert W. McElroy asked the diocese’s priests to include a prayer this weekend for President Donald Trump and his wife, who have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I know that I join you in praying today for President Trump’s rapid and full recovery,” McElroy said in a message to local priests. “I would ask you to include a prayer for him and the First Lady in the general intercession this weekend.”

The bishop suggested the following prayer be included during services throughout San Diego and Imperial counties on Sunday:

“That Christ our Healer will rapidly restore President and Mrs. Trump to full health, and for all those who are suffering from the COVID virus in these days of pandemic, we pray to the Lord.”

The president was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday after announcing late Thursday that he had tested positive.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows revealed that President Donald Trump’s condition on Friday was far worse than officials had initially made public, saying doctors recommended the president go to the hospital after seeing he had a fever and his blood oxygen level dropped rapidly.

Meadows made the comments in an interview with Fox News broadcast Saturday night that capped two days of conflicting assessments of the 74-year-old president’s health.

“I can tell you this the biggest thing we see is with no fever now, and with him doing really well with his oxygen saturation levels,” Meadows told Fox host Jeanine Pirro. “Yesterday morning we were really concerned by that. He had a fever, and his oxygen level had dropped rapidly. Yet in typical style, this president was up and walking around.”

Reuters contributed to this article.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.