The last time George Pell spoke in public: Australian Cardinal was clearly frail – but cheerful – in final interview reflecting on Pope Benedict’s death just days before his death
Cardinal George Pell paid tribute to the late Pope Benedict XVI in a final television interview just a few days before his shock death.
The Australian Cardinal has died in Rome at the age of 81 after complications from hip replacement surgery, the Vatican has confirmed.
He looked frail but appeared cheerful and upbeat a few days ago when he sat down with Vatican Correspondent for EWT News Colm Flynn for a television interview to look back on his memories of Pope Benedict XVI who died earlier this month.
The reporter recalled Cardinal Pell being in good form and that the pair had arranged to meet up again after Mr Flynn’s return from Florida.
Cardinal George Pell looked frail but cheerful in what would be his final interview
The six minute interview began with the Cardinal recalling his initial reaction to the news of the former Pope’s death.
‘I was very sad, as a matter of fact I was surprised how sad I was’ Cardinal Pell said.
‘I knew he was sick and I he was dying. I was pleased as I thought I heard he was rallying.’
‘I’d known him well enough. admired what he was about. I thought he was very good for the church.’
One of his fondest memories of Pope Benedict XVI was his visit to Australia in 2008 for World Youth Day, which was attended by half a million young people from 200 countries.
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