Pope Francis sends condolences for Cardinal George

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Pope Francis sent a telegram Saturday morning with words of condolences in the wake of the death of Cardinal Francs George.

“Saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Francis E. George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago, I offer heartfelt condolences to you and to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese,” the pope said.

Cardinal Francis George, who led Chicago’s church for 17 years and last year became the city’s first archbishop to retire, died Friday after years of treatment for cancer.

The Pope called Cardinal George a “wise and gentle pastor.” “To all who mourn the late Cardinal in the sure hope of the Resurrection,” the pope concluded, “I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of consolation and peace in the Lord.”

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