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Heart bypass operation for Archbishop of Southwark

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Revd Kevin McDonald, is to undergo a heart bypass operation this week.

Most Revd Kevin McDonald
Most Revd Kevin McDonald at his enthronement in St George's Cathedral in 2003

According to a brief note published on the website of the Archdiocese of Southwark, the surgery will take place later this week at St Thomas' Hospital.

"He has been told that the prognosis for his recovery is good," says the statement.

Kevin McDonald was enthroned as Archbishop of Southwark at St George's Cathedral in December 2003. His residence, Archbishop's House, is alongside the cathedral in St George's Road.

Archbishop McDonald has often been touted as a possible successor to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor as Archbishop of Westminster.

Bookmakers Paddy Power are currently offering odds of 6-1 that McDonald will move across the river to Westminster; it remains to be seen if these odds will be lengthened in the light of the archbishop's ill-health.

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