PopeWatch: Francis Cardinal George




Spokeswoman Colleen Dolan says the archbishop of Chicago had hoped to make that trip in mid-October but will not be able to because of medical treatment. She says the trip may be rescheduled.

The 77-year-old George is undergoing treatment for a recurrence of cancer near his right kidney. Last week, the archdiocese announced he was participating in a clinical trial of an experimental drug at the University of Chicago Medicine.

George said early this year that he believes the cancer eventually will take his life. He survived bladder cancer eight years ago.




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  1. A prayer for Cardinal George, and each of one of us, on today’s feast day of St. Augustine (“Flood the Path with Light”):

    ” God of our life,
    There are days when the burdens we carry
    chafe our shoulders and weigh us down;
    When the road seems dreary and endless;
    and the skies grey and threatening;
    When our lives have no music in them,
    and our hearts are lonely,
    and our souls have lost their courage.
    Flood the path with light:
    Turn our hearts to brave music;
    Give us the sense of fraternity with heroes and saints of every age;
    And so quicken our spirits,
    That we may be able to encourage all who journey with us,
    on the road of life,
    To Your honor and glory.”

    —St. Augustine, d. 430 AD, Aug. 28th.

  2. Another Chicago prelate, Patriarch Dinka IV of the Assyrian Church of the East (Nestorian) is also reported to be severely ill. Dinka is the only patriarch with clear descent from the Apostles to reside in the U.S. He is the first of his linage in many years to engage in ecumenical work with the Orthodox and Catholic churches. Let us pray for both of these good men.

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