Pope's Condolence Telegram on Death of Cardinal Francis George

«I join you in commending the soul of this wise and gentle pastor to the merciful love of God our heavenly Father»

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Here is the text of the telegram sent by Pope Francis to Archbishop Blase Cupich, following the death of Cardinal Francis George, the Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago, who passed away on Friday, April 17th. 

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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.

FRANCIS PP.

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