Cardinal Francis George leading the mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of popes John the 23rd and John Paul the 2nd.
If he could have been in Rome today he would have. But as he fights cancer again and undergoes chemotherapy, doctors advised him to stay home.
Looking frail and with trembling voice at times, the cardinal mustered the strength to lead this very special mass.
His homily touched on these two new saints and their common bond of Vatican 2.
After mass George spoke about his health and the times he spent with John Paul:
And for their part, the faithful talked about what a great day it is for the church and the special connection John Paul will always have with our city.
As he retired for the evening, the cardinal was surrounded by his admirers who wished him better health and prayers for his well-being.
But for his part it seems he preferred to talk more about sinners and saints and the after-life for all believers.
And not the mortality of one man who will soon step down as head of the third largest archdiocese in the U.S.