Cardinal George Pell confirms cardiac problem during Rome visit


‘Fitted with a pacemaker…’

CARDINAL GEORGE PELL had a pacemaker fitted in a Rome hospital after a cardiac problem during his January Vatican visit, he said yesterday, but he would not comment on reports he was offered a plum Vatican job during discussions with Pope Benedict.

Cardinal Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, returned to Sydney about a week ago after several weeks in Rome, where he attended meetings of the Vatican committees on which he sits. He met the Pope several times.

Responding to questions from the Herald, his spokeswoman, Katrina Lee, said Cardinal Pell was fitted with a pacemaker about a month ago.

Despite the health scare he went on to attend a meeting of Vox Clara, the liturgical translation committee, which he chairs, and attended gatherings of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Ms Lee said.

He also inspected Domus Australia, a Roman property owned by the Australian church, which is to be used to house Australian pilgrims to the Vatican. It is undergoing renovation.

Cardinal Pell refused to comment on reports he was offered a Vatican post by Pope Benedict. ”These kinds of rumours have been around for years,” he said.

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