A newspaper clipping eluding to the Cardinal’s expected retirement.
“Owen Cardinal McCann, the Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town who is due to retire this year, received a rosary among other gifts from Pope John Paul II during his recent visit to the Vatican. He will celebrate his 77th birthday next Tuesday, when he will be the guest of the Cape Town City Council at a luncheon. In 1982 he was asked by the Pope to remain in office for another two years. An announcement about Cardinal McCann’s retirement is expected next week. His successor will be announced from the Vatican.” (1984)