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Cardinal Raymond Burke returns to La Crosse for special shrine mass

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- It's been four years since the church at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was dedicated in La Crosse and diocese officials say attendance continues to grow incredibly fast.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, who founded the Shrine, was back in town from the Vatican to help commemorate the day.


Burke was the Bishop in the La Crosse Diocese from 1995 until 2003. He's been in Rome since 2008.

Cardinal Burke led a special mass Tuesday at the shrine church.

Already this year, more than 65,000 people have visited the church on the city's south side. "People have come from all over the world, every state in the union, we've seen people here.  Not only Catholics, I've given tours to all kinds of Protestants and Evangelicals, even to Hindus and Muslims," said John Socha from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe's Communication Staff.

Staff members say they could see as many as 200,000 visitors a year within the next few years.

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