February 23, 2013. (Romereports.com)
Australian-born Cardinal George Pell
is perhaps the most recognized prelate from Oceania. He already leads the continents largest Catholic diocese as the archbishop of Sydney
. He is also a frequent visitor to the Vatican, representing the continent's Catholics during some of the most important gatherings of the past two decades.
He was born 71 years ago in southwestern Australia. Cardinal Pell will be the only cardinal from Oceania
voting in the conclave. He is also one of 50 that took part in the 2005 election of Benedict XVI. Shortly before that vote he described how he felt.
CARD. GEORGE PELL
Archbishop of Sydney
“I don't think I'm so much nervous, but I'm on my toes. I recognize this as an enormously important, historic moment for the church and, please God, will get the decision right.”
Pell is recognized as a passionate and very eloquent person. The Oxford-educated theologian devoted much of his time to education. His essays and articles have also been published in many outlets like the Oxford Press. He also has a weekly column at the Sunday Telegraph, Sydney's leading newspaper.
Before he was ordained a priest, Pell signed on to play soccer for an Australian soccer team, a passion that continues to this day.