On eve of funeral, interfaith, prayer services held for Cardinal George

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CHICAGO  — For the second straight day, the late, Francis Cardinal George is being mourned at Holy Name Cathedral.

Different religions united inside Holy Name Cathedral for the interfaith service and recalled the work the late Francis Cardinal George did to strengthen the bond between differing faiths. They came together in song, with chants and in word.

St. Pascal’s parish on the northwest side sent a busload of children to pay their respects today too. Dressed in their plaid uniforms, they came to see the man who has made them so proud running the third largest diocese in the U.S. for the past 17 years. He was one of their own. The late cardinal attended St. Pascal as a kid too.

A constant flow of visitors was also drawn to the church with purple and white bunting. They just had to be here they say, to be a part of the church history that means so much to them.

The public will have the chance to pay their final respects from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., then again from 9 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

There is a prayer vigil for deacons and their wives at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Cardinal's funeral is Thursday. He will be laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.