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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Funeral Mass to be held at Old St. Pat's for Maggie Daley

    Funeral Mass to be held at Old St. Pat's for Maggie Daley
    Former Chicago first lady Maggie Daley, who died Thursday after a long fight with cancer, will be remembered during a public ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center on Sunday, a family spokeswoman said today. The public wake will begin at noon and end at...
  • Roman Catholics in U.S. get new translation of Roman missal

    Roman Catholics in U.S. get new translation of Roman missal
    Roman Catholics across the United States followed a new translation of the Mass today that includes several changes to prayers and responses that the faithful have recited for decades. The revisions proved challenging for parishioners and priests alike....
  • A last farewell to Maggie Daley: 'Our mother loved the simple joys'

    A last farewell to Maggie Daley: 'Our mother loved the simple joys'
    Patrick Daley, Maggie Daley's only son, recalled how his mother encouraged her children to explore new cultures. She was "respectful of tradition, but not bound by it," Patrick Daley said, speaking for himself and his two sisters, Nora Daley Conroy and...
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    5:30 - 9 a.m.  Bill Leff in for  Jonathon Brandmeier 6:09 a.m.  Bill Leff (in for Jonathon Brandmeier) visits with Reverand Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church.  He has been camped in a tent atop an abandoned motel near 66th and South King Drive in...
  • Cardinal under fire for comparing gay rights movement to Klan

    Cardinal under fire for comparing gay rights movement to Klan
    Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has never been shy about expressing his views on divisive issues like abortion rights and civil unions for same-sex couples. But gay rights groups say the Chicago archbishop crossed the line when he compared the...
  • 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...
  • Local Catholic groups join fight against Obama birth control mandate

    Local Catholic groups join fight against Obama birth control mandate
    The Roman Catholic dioceses of Springfield and Joliet have joined 41 other religious institutions filing simultaneous lawsuits that challenge the Obama administration’s mandate that many religious employers have their health insurance cover the cost...
  • Prelate sees need for church in lives

    As Cardinal Francis George marks his 10th anniversary as spiritual leader of Chicago's 2.3 million Roman Catholics, he sat down Thursday with the Tribune to reflect on his decade of service. The cardinal spoke candidly about the sexual abuse scandal,...