Cardinal Francis George, friend of Holy Land Christians, celebrates last Mass as Archbishop of Chicago

(FFHL) Cardinal Francis George celebrated his last public Mass on Sunday as the Archbishop of Chicago. The Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land wishes him the best and is grateful for his support of Christian Arabs in the Holy Land. Cardinal George has always been a friend of the Holy Land and we are so thankful for his support.  
-See more about his last public Mass from CNA directly below
-See more about his support of Christians Palestinians from CNS at bottom


Nov 17, 2014 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George celebrated his last public Mass as Archbishop of Chicago on Sunday, thanking the people of Chicago for being God’s “gift” to him.

“Every priest and bishop is given the gift of the people that he is called to care for and to love in Christ’s name,” Cardinal George said in his Nov. 16 homily, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“At some point, Christ will question me: What have you done with my people? Are they holier because of your ministry? Are they more generous, more loving toward others? In short, you are my legacy,” he told the congregation at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral.

The 77-year-old Cardinal George has headed the Archdiocese of Chicago since 1997. He submitted his resignation two years ago upon reaching 75 years of age, as is required by canon law. He is suffering from cancer for the third time and uses crutches to help him walk. He has often expressed his desire to be the first Archbishop of Chicago to retire, rather than die in office.

The cardinal said that people will have different views of his ministry, “some of them I might appreciate, and some not.”

He said he asked himself the questions “With what have I been entrusted? And what have I done with this gift?”

He said he has sometimes been “too fearful to speak, to act, to love generously,” but he has helped people “better able to know and live their faith, able to worship God in spirit and in truth, able to give themselves to the salvation of others.”

Archives: RAMALLAH, West Bank (CNS) — Palestinian Christians must feel the support of the universal church and must not feel isolated in their difficulties, said Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 
“Their cares are also our cares, and it is important to say that. I hope our visit encouraged them,” Cardinal George said after greeting parishioners of Ramallah’s Holy Family Parish, where he celebrated Mass on the feast of Jesus’ baptism Jan. 13. 

The cardinal was in the Holy Land Jan. 11-15 to participate in the ninth annual meeting of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land, a Catholic group. 

He was part of a 28-member delegation that included nine bishops. Clergy who participated in the meeting celebrated Masses at several of the Catholic parishes in the Palestinian territories.

Articles appears on the FFHL website.