March 14, 2013: Cardinal Francis George. As part of a court settlement, the Archdiocese of Chicago plans to release church files on former Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Michael Sohn, AP

Chicago Catholic cardinal, battling cancer, won't be in Rome for papal canonizations

  • Associated Press
  • April 9, 2014 - 1:16 AM

CHICAGO — Chicago Cardinal Francis George will not travel to Rome for the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II later this month because of the resumption of chemotherapy to treat his cancer.

The 77-year-old spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago's more than 2 million Catholics was released from the hospital on March 21 after being treated for dehydration and flu-like symptoms.

Treatment of the cancer near his right kidney was interrupted by the infection. George survived bladder cancer eight years ago and was diagnosed with urothelial cancer in 2012.

According to the archdiocese, George intends to maintain his scheduled participation in the Holy Week services and Easter Sunday Mass at Holy Name Cathedral.

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