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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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  • Obama's critics on contraception

    Republicans and Catholic bishops were on solid ground in arguing that forcing Catholic nonprofits to provide contraceptive coverage in their health insurance packages infringed on freedom of religion. They won a significant concession from President Obama...
  • George: Government impinging on religious freedoms regarding contraception

    George: Government impinging on religious freedoms regarding contraception
    Cardinal Francis George weighed in on the controversy over contraceptives in the nation’s health care law earlier today, saying that he was “a little bit dismayed” with President Barack Obama and the regulation that requires...
  • Finding a reflection of community in online comment sections

    Finding a reflection of community in online comment sections
    One of the notable things about being Trib Nation manager is getting to know the different communities more comfortable around one Chicago Tribune medium or another. Print, say, or online. Which makes it all the more remarkable to see in Monday's comment...
  • Suit: 2 popes enabled Chicago pedophile priest

    Emboldened by a recent court ruling that ordered the Vatican to open its records about a priest accused of child sex abuse, a Minneapolis attorney has sued the Vatican on behalf of a mother whose son was molested by former Roman Catholic priest Daniel...
  • Emanuel sworn in as mayor: 'Let us share the necessary sacrifices'

    Emanuel sworn in as mayor: 'Let us share the necessary sacrifices'
    Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office as Chicago's 46th mayor. The city's new mayor then laid out the challenges ahead: Improving schools, ending gun violence and downsizing a city government taxpayers can no longer afford. And he asked Chicagoans, the...
  • Christians celebrate Good Friday

    Christians celebrate Good Friday
    At a prayer service in Daley Plaza to celebrate Good Friday, Cardinal George likened the suffering of Jesus on this day to the suffering of Christians in Chicago whether it is from illness, death,  financial problems, anything that causes pain.  After...
  • Cardinal George, bishops, blast Gov. Quinn for plans to give award to pro-choice PAC

    Cardinal George, bishops, blast Gov. Quinn for plans to give award to pro-choice PAC
    Cardinal Francis George and five other Roman Catholic bishops in Illinois criticized Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday for agreeing to present a leadership award at an upcoming event for an abortion-rights political action committee. In a statement from the...
  • Suspended pastor returns to St. Sabina

    Suspended pastor returns to St. Sabina
    In a twist on Biblical symbolism, the flock welcomed the shepherd back into the fold today, as the Rev. Michael Pfleger returned to St. Sabina Catholic Church on Chicago’s South Side. Parishioners and visitors applauded his return as pastor and...
  • 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 celebrates reopening of Our Lady of the Angels church

    Cardinal celebrates reopening of Our Lady of the Angels church
    An energetic, emotional crowd of about 400 worshipers gathered Saturday to commemorate the reopening of Our Lady of Angels Church in West Humboldt Park, once one of Chicago’s largest parishes before a 1958 fire that killed 95 people contributed to...
  • BISHOP DEMETRIOS: From altar boy to bishop

    BISHOP DEMETRIOS: From altar boy to bishop
    Wearing a golden miter and vestments custom-made for him in Greece, Rev. Demetri Kantzavelos will kneel before the altar of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Saturday just as he did more than three decades ago. An altar boy then, Kantzavelos is being...