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Archbishop hospitalized after mild stroke

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein of Indianapolis suffered a mild stroke March 18 and was admitted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

As of March 22, the archbishop remained hospitalized but was resting comfortably. He was alert and talking with his doctors and has been visiting with a few priests of the archdiocese.

According to The Criterion, the archdiocesan newspaper, the archbishop became dizzy while at home March 18 and called 911. After undergoing tests at St. Vincent, doctors determined that he had suffered a mild stroke.

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The archbishop said the day-to-day operations and ministries of the archdiocese would continue as normal while he recuperates. He said he would appreciate everyone's prayers.

Archbishop Buechlein, 72, has suffered a series of health problems over the past three years. In 2008, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and underwent several weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The treatments were successful and he is cancer free.

In 2009, Archbishop Buechlein had shoulder replacement surgery and in 2010 he had surgery to remove a benign tumor from his stomach.

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