Skip to comments.Another cancer battle for George
Posted on 08/18/2012 7:31:22 AM PDT by mlizzy
Cardinal Francis George, who battled bladder cancer six years ago, learned Friday that the disease has returned to his kidney and liver, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago.
George, 75, underwent a procedure Wednesday during which a nodule was removed from his liver, according to a statement from the archdiocese. He met with doctors Friday and was told there were cancerous cells in his kidney and liver.
The news of George's latest bout with cancer rattled Chicago's 2.3 million-strong Catholic community, some of whom learned of the cardinal's illness during evening Mass at Holy Name Cathedral.
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"If you hear something like that, what you do is pray a lot," said Josie Follet, 66. "A prayer is a powerful thing."(Photo taken 10-6-98.)
George was installed as head of the archdiocese in May 1997, six months after his predecessor, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, died of pancreatic cancer...
The archdiocese gave no indication of how George's illness would affect daily operations.
The Rev. Matt Compton, who resides at Holy Name Cathedral, said any kind of leadership change likely would be decided by George and the archdiocese's administrative staff.
"There's been a little bit of conversation before the Mass this evening and it was a little bit of a surprise, even for the some of the priests," Compton said.
"Speaking only for myself, it certainly was a surprise to hear that because it seems as though in recent years, since he was treated for cancer several years ago, that the health reports have been good," Compton said. "And saddening, too. We do not want to see him or anyone go through treatments for cancer."
During the petitions portion of the 5:15 p.m. Mass at Holy Name, a solemn crowd prayed for the cardinal's "health of mind and healing of his body."
Andrea Quinn, 67, said she was "shocked and saddened" to hear the news. She called the cardinal "a strong, strong man with a good outlook."
"He's gotten me through some tough times," the Glen Ellyn resident said. "He's an inspiration."
Barry Blake, 71, who is battling prostate cancer, said he believes the cardinal will find a way to fight through.
"It's just a part of life," said Blake, of Chicago. "I'm sure he understands that."
He needs to get right with God.
I pray this man will endure and beat this setback.
He needs to get right with God.Yes indeed! Don't we all?
I pray this man will endure and beat this setback.I think he's going to need a miracle as liver cancer is such a tough one, but miracles ARE available for the asking, if it be Christ's will. [Many] prayers for Cardinal George.
Prayers for his health and healing.
He IS right with God. I do not understand how anyone could say such a thing about Cardinal George.
Prayers for Cardinal George and endures this ordeal. May Christ give him mercy as well as strength and courage.
Best wishes to Cdl. George. I will pray for him.