Francis Cardinal George celebrates major milestone in priesthood

A major milestone for the leader of Chicago’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

Francis Cardinal George marked 50-years in the priesthood with a special Golden Jubilee Mass at Holy Name Cathedral.

About a thousand worshipers filled the church, including dignitaries from other faiths and from around the world.

The cardinal gave Pope Benedict his official resignation when he turned 75 in January of last year, which is customary.

But George, who has suffered multiple occurrences of cancer, hasn’t given a date when he’ll step down.

WGN’s Dina Bair spoke with the Cardinal about the momentous occasion and the path he took to the priesthood. He also discusses the impact of the assassination of John F Kennedy had on him, financial struggles and the power of prayer.

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