Catholics saying final farewell to Chicago’s Cardinal George

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CHICAGO (AP) —  Catholics are saying their final goodbyes to the late Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who was known as a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were among hundreds of people who attended the funeral Mass on Thursday at the city's Holy Name Cathedral.

George died Friday at age 78 after a long fight with cancer. He had a reputation for being an intellectual leader in the church.

Pope John Paul II appointed the Chicago native to lead the nation's third-largest archdiocese in 1997.

George retired last fall before announcing his treatment for kidney cancer had failed. He was replaced by Archbishop Blase Cupich.

George will be buried in his family's plot at All Saints Cemetery in nearby Des Plaines.

He retired last fall a few months before announcing his treatment for kidney cancer had failed. He was replaced by Archbishop Blase Cupich.