John Hagee, prominent megachurch pastor, ill with COVID-19

Prominent Texas megachurch pastor and conservative activist John Hagee has been diagnosed with COVID-19

SAN ANTONIO — Prominent megachurch pastor and conservative activist John Hagee has been diagnosed with COVID-19, his son announced during services at the Texas church his father founded.

The 80-year-old pastor received the diagnosis Friday and was recovering after the illness was detected early, Matt Hagee said during Sunday morning services at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio.

John Hagee founded a ministry that the church says now has 22,000 members. His sermons are broadcast throughout the United States and Canada and livestreamed online.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that he was praying for a fast recovery for John Hagee.

“Israel has no better friend,” Netanyahu said.