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Francis George

Francis George
Cardinal Francis George is Chicago's eighth archbishop and one of the most prominent leaders in the American Roman Catholic Church. Often described by his brother bishops as brilliant, George is the leading intellectual voice of the American church and has emerged as the key point man between the U.S. and the Vatican on matters ranging from clergy sexual abuse to the language of the mass. A Northwest Side native, George conquered childhood polio to embark on a spiritual career that took him across the globe as a missionary. His journey brought him back home when he was appointed spiritual leader of the Chicago archdiocese and its 2.4 million Catholics. At his installation in Chicago in May 1... Show more »
Cardinal Francis George is Chicago's eighth archbishop and one of the most prominent leaders in the American Roman Catholic Church. Often described by his brother bishops as brilliant, George is the leading intellectual voice of the American church and has emerged as the key point man between the U.S. and the Vatican on matters ranging from clergy sexual abuse to the language of the mass. A Northwest Side native, George conquered childhood polio to embark on a spiritual career that took him across the globe as a missionary. His journey brought him back home when he was appointed spiritual leader of the Chicago archdiocese and its 2.4 million Catholics. At his installation in Chicago in May 1997, George introduced himself humbly to his new flock by saying: "I am Francis, your neighbor." « Show less

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  • Pfleger 'stretched,' but wants to stay

    Pfleger 'stretched,' but wants to stay
    With his future at St. Sabina Catholic Church in doubt, a tired-sounding Rev. Michael Pfleger stood in front of his parish Sunday and asked for its prayers. Gone was the bravado and showmanship that fueled his earlier homily, in which the city’s...
  • Cardinal: 'Can't be a decision yet' on Pfleger

    Cardinal Francis George said today in Westchester that a final decision hasn’t been made on the future of the Rev. Michael Pfleger’s continued service at St. Sabina Catholic Church.  “There can’t be a decision yet,”...
  • Pope John Paul II: The Beatification

    Pope John Paul II: The Beatification
    Making a saint. It happens in Rome. But the truth is, all Catholics everywhere have the power to pray to and put forth a saint. The process began for Pope John Paul II when a sickly nun said he cured her of Parkinson's that sets the stage for...
  • Father Augustus Tolton

    Father Augustus Tolton
    Pope John Paul's journey, his path to sainthood -- so public, so predicted. The truth is there are hundreds who are being considered for canonization by the Catholic Church. One was a man the church wouldn't even accept in the seminary in America. The...
  • 'Family' of St. Sabina march at cardinal's home to protest Pfleger's suspension

    'Family' of St. Sabina march at cardinal's home to protest Pfleger's suspension
    About 100 parishioners of St. Sabina marched in front of Cardinal Francis George's red brick mansion today to protest the suspension of their pastor, the Rev. Michael Pfleger. The parishioners and residents of the Auburn Gresham neighborhood gathered...
  • Sabina parishoners decry move-in by priest

    St. Sabina parish officials today said they were insulted that a priest named as a temporary assistant pastor this week was moved into the church's rectory this morning, calling the move disrespectful to the community and the Rev. Michael Pfleger, who was...
  • 'He lived by the sword, he died by the sword' -- Cardinal George on the death of bin Laden

  • Pfleger: 'Sorry to have put you through this'

    Pfleger: 'Sorry to have put you through this'
    For the Rev. Michael Pfleger, returning to the pulpit of St. Sabina Catholic Church to celebrate Mass today, his 62nd birthday, was a holy blessing. “God gave me the greatest gift of all,” Pfleger said to a standing ovation of more than 1,000...
  • Cardinal George exposed in 'Vatileaks' scandal

    Cardinal George exposed in 'Vatileaks' scandal
    Reams of private Vatican correspondence published in a new Italian best-seller reportedly include a plea by Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George, urging the Vatican to halt an award to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn for abolishing the death penalty....
  • Book: Cardinal tried to block Catholic honor for Quinn

    Book: Cardinal tried to block Catholic honor for Quinn
    An Italian best-seller that has touched off a scandal in the Vatican reportedly contains a plea from Cardinal George, urging the Vatican to halt an award to Governor Pat Quinn for abolishing the death penalty. The book is Your Holiness: The Secret Papers...
  • Cardinal defends comparing gay parade organizers to KKK

    Cardinal defends comparing gay parade organizers to KKK
    Setting off a new round in his dispute with gay right activists, Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has issued a statement defending his recent comparison of the gay rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan. George’s initial comments came in...