Pope expresses sadness for Chicago prelate's death

AP News
Posted: Apr 18, 2015 9:04 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has expressed sadness for the death of Cardinal Francis George, the retired Chicago archbishop.

In a condolence telegram Saturday sent to current Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, the pontiff offered "heartfelt condolences" to the prelate, clergy and other faithful of the third-largest U.S. archdiocese with 2.2 million parishioners. George, 78, died on Friday after suffering from cancer.

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Francis also expressed gratitude for the cardinal's service to the church and long years in the ministry in Yakima, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and Chicago.