NAMES IN THE NEWS : Chest Pains Sideline Archbishop
Archbishop Eugene A. Marino, the highest-ranking black in the U.S. Roman Catholic hierarchy, has temporarily relinquished his duties as head of the Atlanta archdiocese after physicians found him at risk of a heart attack, a spokesman said today.
Marino, who became the first black American archbishop in 1988 as spiritual leader of 170,000 Catholics in northern Georgia, is “resting and recuperating” at a New York retreat center under physicians’ instructions, a church spokesman said.
He was diagnosed as suffering from “acute exhaustion and facing imminent danger of cardiac stress,” said the spokesman.
The problem was discovered after Marino, 55, had chest pains during a trip to New York late last week.