“Hours before his death April 17, Cardinal Francis George was still hard at work. He was putting the finishing touches on a book manuscript. Everything had to be just right, because he knew these words would be his last message to the world.”
“We all live our lives carrying a cross of one kind or another. ….
Cardinal Francis George was buried with his cross on Thursday. It was clamped to his right leg. From the time he was diagnosed with polio at age 13 until the day he died at 78, a steel brace was his constant companion.”
“As he lay in a hospital bed at Loyola University Medical Center during Holy Week, Cardinal Francis George took care of unfinished business. He signed papers and made phone calls, including a call to Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain for whom he had a special request.”
“As Cardinal George prepared to officially retire as archbishop of Chicago — the first archbishop to live to retirement — he sat down with editor Joyce Duriga to discuss his ministry and the next phase of his life”
“On a sunny spring afternoon – at least, as springlike as Chicago can get at this point – for the second time in five months, Holy Name Cathedral saw history this Tuesday as the Windy City’s first native son-become-Cardinal, likewise the first to leave its archbishop’s throne in life, returned to the center of the nation’s third-largest diocese for one last moment.”
“Cardinal Francis George, who died recently at the age of 78, was obviously a man of enormous accomplishment and influence.
He was a Cardinal of the Roman Church, a past president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Archbishop of one of the largest and most complicated archdioceses in the world, and the intellectual leader of the American Church. A number of American bishops have told me that when Cardinal George spoke at the Bishops’ meetings, the entire room would fall silent and everyone would listen.”