What an incredible piece of news to receive on this Feast of the Our Lady of Guadalupe!
Cardinal George, who has been battling with cancer for many years, heard this remarkable news recently:
Medical tests have shown that Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George appears to be free of cancer, he said in a wide-ranging interview, though doctors have advised the Roman Catholic archbishop to skip two Christmas Day traditions dear to him.Because months of treatment have taken a toll on his immune system, George will miss celebrating Mass with inmates at the Cook County Jail and visiting Lurie Children’s Hospital to comfort young patients who can’t be home on Christmas Day. Instead he will celebrate midnight Mass at Holy Name Cathedral downtown, followed by a quiet day at home with family.
“The first tests they did halfway through were quite successful,” George, 75, said during an interview this week at his residence. He has been undergoing chemotherapy since September, shortly after doctors discovered cancerous cells on his liver and a kidney. He expects to be finished with chemotherapy in early January.
The entire interview (and video) over at the Chicago Tribune website are well worth checking out, because Cardinal George is one of the most intelligent and perceptive clerics in America today. He talks about his fight with cancer and his hope to finish a pastoral letter on the importance of Catholic customs.
Today would be a great day to pray to our Lady of Guadeloupe in thanksgiving for her protection of America and of the unborn, and ask her to intercede on behalf of the sick and vulnerable, especially those battling cancer:
(Image above via the CV Facebook page)