Vatican City, Apr 18, 2015 / 10:32 am
In a telegram to Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, the Holy Father offered his blessing to all those who mourn Cardinal Francis E. George.
"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," Pope Francis said in the April 18 telegram, according to Vatican Radio.
The Holy Father praised the late archbishop emeritus for his service to the Church as an Oblate of Mary and for his episcopal service in Yakima, Portland, and finally, Chicago.
Saddened to hear of Cardinal George's passing, the Pontiff offered his "heartfelt condolences" to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Chicago.