PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Cardinal John Krol was recovering well from a 7 1/2 -hour operation to stop internal bleeding, a hospital spokesman said.

''The cardinal's condition is satisfactory and stable,'' Bob Gallagher, spokesman for St. Agnes Medical Center, said Wednesday. ''He's resting well and talking to his physicians.''

Krol, 76, spiritual leader of Philadelphia's 1.3 million Roman Catholics, has been in the intensive care unit since surgeons rerouted blood from varicose veins in Krol's esophagus.

Doctors say he might remain hospitalized until late next week.

Intermittent internal bleeding caused Krol to feel dizzy May 10 after a Mass in New Orleans, where he was hospitalzed for three days before transferring to St. Agnes.