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Cardinal Pell becomes a legend at his old school

Sydney's Cardinal George Pell returned to Ballarat to be inducted as a legend of St Patrick's College on Saturday night, alongside philospher and Australian Catholic University academic Dr Raimond Gaita and former AFL star Brian Brown.

The Ballarat Courier reports that Cardinal Pell was a student at St Patrick's College for 11 years, beginning in grade three.

Cardinal Pell said he wanted to talk about the election of a new pope.

"The Pope's very sick, we all know that, and we don't know how much longer he's got," Cardinal Pell said.

After being a cardinal for 18 months, he said his day-to-day routine had changed very little, but he has more overseas commitments.

Cardinal Pell rated his own chances of becoming the next Pope as "very slim".

Comparing himself to a racehorse, he said "just because you've got a bit of form on a country track, doesn't mean you can win the Melbourne Cup".

Meanwhile the Catholic Weekly reports that Cardinal Pell is among 10 cardinals the Pope has appointed as new members of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

Pope names Cardinal Pell in sacred liturgy, sacraments role (Catholic Weekly 20/2/05)
Cardinal Pell becomes a legend at St Pat's (Ballarat Couriter 20/2/05)

St Patrick's Ballarat

21 Feb 2005