CANADA-UNITED STATESCardinal George’s condition
The Archdiocese of Chicago released the following news item on August 20:
As announced on Friday, August 17, Cardinal George learned from his doctors that test results from a procedure earlier in the week showed there were cancerous cells in his kidney and in a nodule that was removed from his liver.
The Cardinal rested at home this weekend and was actively engaged in a number of his administrative responsibilities. This week he will continue additional testing, participate in his annual retreat and maintain his previously scheduled public commitments.
After the Cardinal meets with his doctors regarding a plan for a course of treatment, further information about his upcoming public schedule will be announced.
Until further information is available, Cardinal George has asked for continued prayers for all affected by cancer and the doctors and medical staff that work with patients and their families, as well as for himself.
Cardinal George had radical surgery for bladder cancer in 2006. He was able to recover well from that surgery and continued his busy schedule as leader of the second largest diocese in the United States and his various duties as a member of the College of Cardinals. Last January, when he submitted the resignation letter required of all Catholic bishops when they turn 75, he indicated that he expected that the Holy See would not replace him for a couple of years.