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Cardinal John O'Connor Reportedly Near DeathAired May 3, 2000 - 4:48 p.m. ET
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BERNARD SHAW, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Bernard Shaw, with late word out of New York City. Cardinal John O'Connor reportedly is near death. A spokesman for the New York archdiocese, Joe Zwilling, issued this statement.
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JOE ZWILLING, ARCHDIOCESE SPOKESMAN: During the night, the condition of his eminence, John Cardinal O'Connor, has worsened. His family and friends are with him. We invite the prayers of all for his eminence at this time.
Now a question or two.
QUESTION: Joe, does it appear he is dying?
ZWILLING: As we say in the prayer of the Hail Mary, we pray that God is with us at the hour of our death.
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SHAW: John Cardinal O'Connor began failing after his brain tumor operation August 1999. The tumor was removed. The cardinal is 80 years old. He is at the residence behind St. Patrick's Cathedral with his sister and other relatives, co-workers, and the clergy. We'll continue to watch the cardinal's condition in New York.
Again, Cardinal John O'Connor reportedly near death in New York City.
I'm Bernard Shaw in Washington, now to "SHOWBIZ."
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