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Pastor and author Tony Campolo suffers stroke

by Premier Journalist

Prominent sociologist, pastor and author Tony Campolo has suffered a stroke and is being treated in hospital.

Campolo, 85, is a well-known social activist and co-founder of the 'Red Letter Christians' ministry network.

The news was announced by Campolo's longtime ministry partner, Shane Claiborne, who posted to Facebook:

"It is with both sadness and deep hope, that I want to let you know our brother Tony Campolo has had a stroke, and is receiving continued medical treatment as he recovers. As most of you know, for the past 20 years he has been a dear friend, mentor, fellow mischief-maker, and partner in ministry with me at Red Letter Christians." 

The Campolo family released more details on the situation in a separate post, noting that Tony had suffered paralysis down one side of his face and body, but has already started undergoing rehabilitation treatment. 

They wrote:

"On the evening of June 20 our father, Tony Campolo, had a stroke that partially paralysed the left side of his face and body. Since then he has been recovering and working on rehabilitation on the ground floor of the Beaumont Health Center, while his wife Peggy – who is prohibited from entering his room due to COVID19 – patiently sits outside his window for most of each day, talking with him and overseeing his care.

"Obviously this is a difficult situation for everyone, but we are grateful that both our parents’ minds, spirits and determination to serve are still strong, and we are genuinely optimistic about their prospects for getting their lives back on track.

"In the meantime, rather than calling either one directly, the best way to support and encourage Tony and Peggy is to send cards and emails that let them know you love them, are praying for them, and don’t expect a reply.

"Thank you so much for your kindness and concern. Rest assured, we will keep you posted via Tony’s website, www.tonycampolo.org.

Well-wishes and prayers have been pouring in on social media. "Praying for Tony and his family," one person wrote. "I first heard Tony speak around 1985. He has had a tremendous impact on my life." 

Another added: "I’m very sad to hear this. Tony’s theology has greatly impacted my life. He is the reason I became a social worker many years ago."

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