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CARDINAL O'CONNOR TO RECEIVE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL
Highest Civilian Honor

    NEW YORK, MAR 6 (ZENIT.org).- President Clinton signed legislation on Sunday awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Cardinal John O'Connor for his service to the nation. "For more than 50 years, Cardinal O'Connor has served the Catholic Church and our nation with constancy and commitment," stated the President.

    The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress on a civilian. Among the 250 previous recipients are George Washington, the Wright Brothers, and Mother Teresa.

    Cardinal O'Connor continues in a state of weakened health after brain tumor surgery last year. In fact, Congress put the bill awarding him the Gold Medal on the fast track in order to make the award as quickly as possible.

    Spokesman Joseph Zwilling said the 80-year-old Cardinal was "feeling better the last few days, but still weak and not able to resume a regular schedule." He indicated that is was unlikely that O'Connor will be able to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass.

    "Whether it was the soldier on the battlefield or the patient dying of AIDS, Cardinal O'Connor has ministered with a gentle spirit and a loving heart," stated Clinton. "Through it all, he has stood strong as an advocate for the poor, a champion for workers, and an inspiriation for millions." ZE00030520

          

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