Archbishop Cupich asks for prayers for Cardinal George at Palm Sunday mass

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CHICAGO -- During Palm Sunday Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, Archbishop Blase Cupich made special mention of his predecessor Cardinal Francis George.

The cardinal was re-admitted to Loyola University Medical Center on Saturday for dehydration and pain management. The 78-year-old has run out of treatment options for his kidney cancer.

The archbishop said he speaks to Cardinal George nearly everyday, and that the cardinal is in good sprits but also asking for prayers.

"He was very good to talk, as he always is, and you know, one of the things that I have to say about the cardinal, every conversation he always ends it by saying, 'You're doing a good job, keep up the good work and I'm so happy you're here.' And he's asking me how I'm doing!" Cupich said.

The diocese did not release any updated information regarding Cardinal George's health Sunday. On Saturday, WGN talked to a physician about what the cardinal may be experiencing.

"He has stopped responding to therapy, and that's how cancer takes our lives away. It destroys our normal organ function and he's probably in that process," said University of Chicago Director of Urological Oncology Dr. Gary Steinberg.

And while doctors try to make Cardinal George comfortable physically, the hope is that the power of prayer will comfort him spiritually.


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