Cardinal Francis George, the first Chicago native to serve as the local archbishop and a man who during that 17-year tenure became the intellectual leader of the American church, died Friday morning at his home after a years long struggle with cancer. He was 78.continue at Chicago Tribune
"A man of peace, tenacity and courage has been called home to the Lord," George's successor, Archbishop Blase Cupich, said during a brief announcement Friday afternoon.
He said George died at 10:45 a.m. at his home.
"Let us heed his example and be a little more brave, a little more steadfast and a lot more loving," Cupich said. "May Cardinal Francis George rest in peace."
Requiescat in pace!