Retired Argentine cardinal has heart attack

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Associated Press

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 15 at 10:05 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says a retired Argentine cardinal who lives in Rome suffered a heart attack on the day his compatriot Pope Francis was elected.

Francis himself informed cardinals about 90-year-old Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia's heart attack as he greeted them Friday at the Vatican. It was not clear whether Mejia was taken ill before or after the news of the papal election.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi told journalists Friday that Mejia was in stable condition. Because of his age, Mejia was not among the voting cardinals, who must be younger than 80 to elect a pontiff.

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