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March 1, 2000
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CARDINAL O'CONNOR'S FAILING HEALTH A CONCERN AS INDIAN CARDINAL NEARS 80TH BIRTHDAY

    NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - Cardinal John O'Connor of New York continued to cancel meetings and appointments on Tuesday as he suffered from "pronounced weakness." The 80- year-old cardinal underwent brain surgery for a tumor last year.

    Cardinal O'Connor did not celebrate Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday and a scheduled book party at his residence was cancelled on Monday. Spokesman Joseph Zwilling said the cardinal is "suffering from some pronounced weakness. He has not been able to function as he has in the last several weeks. ... He's not been able to work normally at his residence."

    He said doctors had not determined the cause of the weakness but were not considering placing O'Connor in a hospital. O'Connor spends considerable time in bed but is not bedridden, Zwilling said.

    Meanwhile in India, Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta, the retired archbishop of Bombay, India, will celebrate his 80th birthday on March 1, and therefore become ineligible to vote in a papal conclave.

    Under the rules governing the election of a new pope, only cardinals below the age of 80 have a vote (although older cardinals may participate in discussions at the conclave). There are now 104 cardinals eligible to serve as electors in a papal conclave. Of these, 46 are European; 18 are from Latin America; 12 each from North America, Africa, and Asia; and 4 from Australia and Oceania.

    Cardinal Pimenta headed the Bombay archdiocese from 1978 until his retirement in 1998. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II in November 1994.

          

March 1, 2000
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