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April 23, 2015

Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich looks on as priest blesses body of Cardinal George during prayer vigil at Chicago cathedral

Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich looks on as Father Louis Lougen, superior general of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, blesses the body of Cardinal Francis E. George following the April 23 prayer vigil before his funeral Mass at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. Cardinal George, who retired as archbishop of Chicago in 2014, died April 17 after a long battle with cancer. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

CHICAGO (CNS) — Hundreds of priests and seminarians from the Archdiocese of Chicago gathered in Holy Name Cathedral April 21 for evening prayer during the visitation for the Cardinal Francis E. George.

The service included sung psalms and canticles, with the men’s voices filling the cathedral, as well as Scripture readings and a homily from Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich.

Cardinal George, who retired as archbishop of Chicago in 2014, died April 17. Two days of public visitation and prayer vigils led up to his April 23 funeral Mass at the cathedral.

Read more in The Visitor…