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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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  • Putting faith in search for rights

    Maria Alvarez and Jeanette Hernandez believe that no matter where they worship, where they work or how they got to America, the Roman Catholic Church calls on them to bear each other's burdens. To do her part, Hernandez, a parishioner at Our Lady of...
  • Cardinal sees odds Obama must face

    Cardinal sees odds Obama must face
    BALTIMORE — Chicago's Cardinal Francis George applauded the rise of an African-American to the White House, but he cautioned that President-elect Barack Obama faces "formidable" odds in serving the good of all. "In working for the common good of...
  • 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,...
  • Chicago Catholic Archdiocese offers counseling for families of sex abuse victims

    Long scorned by victims' advocates for not doing enough to help survivors of clergy sex abuse, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has tried to make up for lost time and lost souls. On Tuesday, the archdiocese launched an unprecedented counseling...
  • Fire at Holy Name Cathedral stirs emotion, cleanup and search for cause

    Fire at Holy Name Cathedral stirs emotion, cleanup and search for cause
    As officials investigated an attic fire Wednesday at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, the Roman Catholic archdiocese began cleaning up the water-damaged sanctuary and devastated parishioners struggled with the news that they would be displaced from their...
  • Notre Dame's Obama flap

    Notre Dame's Obama flap
    After Barack Obama was elected president, Pope Benedict XVI sent him a congratulatory letter. So did Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. At the time, neither the Vatican nor the Catholic bishops...
  • Why a liberal Catholic is embarrassed

    In his recent L.A. Times article, "None So Blind," Jason Berry describes Chicago's Cardinal Francis George, who is about to assume leadership of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, as arrogant and callous. But George's character and attitudes are not...
  • Letters to the editor

    Obama at Notre Dame Re “Catholicism and politics,” editorial, April 1 The Times makes a poor case against well-founded Catholic criticism of Notre Dame's decision to invite President Obama to speak at graduation. A commencement speaker...
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  • Cardinal Francis George leads a pilgrimage to Lourdes

    Cardinal Francis George leads a pilgrimage to Lourdes
    A nation at war, a city plagued by gang violence and a church wounded by predators within: These signs called Cardinal Francis George and nearly 200 Roman Catholic parishioners to the south of France this weekend. Despite the progress of diplomacy,...
  • Could the Catholic Church kill healthcare reform? Pelosi, a Catholic, deems the bill toward passage

     
    They were a major power when the healthcare bill first came up on the House floor, forcing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak's amendment explicitly banning use of public funds for abortions, a move that provoked......