Cardinal George to hold Mass at Holy Name to mark canonization

Earlier this month, Francis Cardinal George asked the Vatican to find his successor and Sunday parishioners at Easter mass found inspiration in how the cardinal has handled his cancer battle.
April 25, 2014 3:09:55 AM PDT
Chicago's Cardinal Francis George plans to celebrate a special Mass in honor of the canonization of two well-loved popes, John Paul II and John XXIII.

The Archdiocese of Chicago has scheduled the Mass for 5:15 p.m. Sunday at the city's Holy Name Cathedral.

Other events include a vigil and a procession. Pope John Paul II visited Five Holy Martyrs Parish in 1979; the Chicago parish is hosting a vigil starting just after midnight Sunday morning. The vigil will include prayer, music, poems and a telecast of the canonization from Rome at 3 a.m.

A pilgrimage in honor of the canonization will begin at Holy Trinity Polish Mission at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and continue toward St. Hyacinth Basilica in Chicago. It will conclude with a Mass at 12:30 p.m.

Cardinal George had planned to travel to Rome for the canonization, but canceled the trip due to health concerns. The cardinal is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and his doctors advised him to stay home. He has asked the church to start selecting his successor.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.


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