Prayers for Cardinal Egan

The Cardinal was hospitalized here in New York late Saturday, with "stomach pain" -- and apparently they've determined that he needs a pacemaker. All the reports I've heard say the situation isn't very serious, but of course the timing is unfortunate. (The timing may also be the reason this is making headlines at all. It was the top story on NY1 this morning!) This is his final Holy Week as archbishop -- or rather, as "apostolic administrator" -- and it must be disappointing for him to be sidelined. On top of that, the Cathedral's getting ready for the installation of the new archbishop on the Wednesday after Easter. (Although Egan might be pleased to have an excuse to avoid the media's attention on that occasion.) And, as I understand it, this will be the first time in the diocese's history that the previous bishop was able to be present for the installation of the new one! So here's hoping he'll be able to preside at, or at least attend, the Triduum liturgies this year, and that he'll be back in good health for the Easter week festivities. I know he'd appreciate our prayers in the meantime.

Mollie Wilson O’​Reilly is editor-at-large and columnist at Commonweal.

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