April 18, 2015 - Telegram of Pope Francis on the Death of Cardinal Francis Eugene George, OMI*

Today Pope Francis sent the following telegram of sympathy to the current archbishop of Chicago, Most Reverend Blase Cupich, on the death of Cardinal Francis Eugene George, OMI, Archbishop emeritus of Chicago. Cardinal George’s titular church in Rome was St. Bartholomew on the Tiber Island.
To the Most Reverend Blase Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago
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.  With gratitude for Cardinal George’s witness of consecrated life as an Oblate of Mary Immaculate, his service to the Church’s educational apostolate and his years of episcopal ministry in the Churches of Yakima, Portland and Chicago, I join you in commending the soul of this wise and gentle pastor to the merciful love of God our heavenly Father. To all who mourn the late Cardinal in the sure hope of the Resurrection, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of consolation and peace in the Lord.
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