Australia’s highest ranking Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell dies

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Cardinal George Pell has died in Rome at the age of 81 after complications from a hip replacement surgery, the Vatican has confirmed. The Cardinal is said to have successfully undergone the operation and was chatting with the anaesthetist when he went into sudden cardiac arrest.

A news report by MailOnline reported that the medics were unable to revive him.

He was ordained a priest in 1966, became a bishop in 1987, was appointed Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996, made Archbishop of Sydney in 2001 and became a Cardinal in 2003.

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