Chicago's Cardinal Francis George dead at 78: media reports

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 17, 2015 2:40 PM

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago's Cardinal Francis George has died after a long battle with cancer, the Chicago Tribune and other media reported on Friday. He was 78.

George was the first Chicago native to serve as the local archbishop for 17 years, according to the Chicago Tribune. As head of the nation's third-largest archdiocese, George guided the Chicago church through school closings and the priest sexual abuse scandal.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales; Editing by Fiona Ortiz and Sandra Maler)