Cardinal George, 78, dies after long fight with cancer

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Cardinal Francis E. George greets people after Mass in 2003

Cardinal Francis George greets people in 2003 following Mass in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of St. George’s Church in Chicago. Cardinal George, 78, died April 17 after a long battle with cancer. (CNS photo/ Karen Callaway)

April 17, 2015

CHICAGO (CNS) — Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died April 17 at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78.

His successor in Chicago, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, called Cardinal George “a man of peace, tenacity and courage” in a statement he read at a news conference held outside Holy Name Cathedral to announce the death.

Archbishop Cupich singled out Cardinal George for overcoming many obstacles to become a priest, and “not letting his physical limitations moderate his zeal for bringing the promise of Christ’s love where it was needed most.”

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