Say a prayer for Cardinal Cassidy, he said Mass here sometime ago, afew years ago I was walking through a Rome street, and heard an Australian voice cry out, "Hello, Ray Blake", it was the Cardinal.
(CWNews.com) - A shadow fell over the World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in Sydney, Australia, on July 18 when the Australian Cardinal Edward Cassidy was rushed to the hospital.
The 84-year-old Cardinal Cassidy, a native of Sydney, was a longtime member of the Vatican diplomatic corps. From 1989 to 2001 he served as president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity.
Cardinal Cassidy was reportedly hospitalized with a heart problem. At a Thursday meeting with other Christian leaders, Pope Benedict asked for prayers for the prelate's recovery. Cardinal Cassidy had originally been scheduled to take part in the meeting.
A spokesman for the Australian bishops' conference discouraged speculation about the cardinal's condition, saying that he was expected to spend only a few days in the hospital.