Cardinal urges end to deportation

CHICAGO, March 22 (UPI) -- Chicago Cardinal Francis George says the Obama administration has a moral obligation to end deportation raids and push for immigration reform.

Chicago cathedral damaged by fire

CHICAGO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- An early morning fire caused extensive damage to a landmark Roman Catholic cathedral north of downtown Chicago, officials said Wednesday.
Catholic bishops oppose Obama on abortion

Catholic bishops oppose Obama on abortion

BALTIMORE, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Roman Catholic leaders should challenge President-elect Barack Obama on his support for abortion rights, the country's top bishop says.
Clergy abuse survivors on road to recovery

Clergy abuse survivors on road to recovery

CHICAGO, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- An attorney for clergy sex abuse victims says revealing the failures of Chicago's Roman Catholic Archdiocese will go a long way to helping survivors recover.

Chicago Archdiocese settles sex abuse case

CHICAGO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Archdiocese of Chicago announced a settlement Tuesday with 16 people who had been sexually abused by Catholic priests, agreeing to pay them $12.7 million.

Priest who mocked Clinton placed on leave

CHICAGO, June 4 (UPI) -- A Chicago priest and Barack Obama supporter who mocked Sen. Hillary Clinton has been placed on a leave of absence.
Priest: Clinton remarks brought threats

Priest: Clinton remarks brought threats

CHICAGO, June 1 (UPI) -- A Catholic priest who apologized last week for mocking presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton from a Chicago pulpit says he has received threats.
Obama resigns from Trinity church

Obama resigns from Trinity church

CHICAGO, May 31 (UPI) -- U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama says his decision to resign his membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago came with "some sadness."
Cardinal: Priest to stay out of politics

Cardinal: Priest to stay out of politics

CHICAGO, May 30 (UPI) -- Chicago's cardinal Friday said the priest and Barack Obama supporter who derided Sen. Hillary Clinton won't "mention any candidate by name" from now on.
Winfrey presents Tutu with Lincoln prize

Winfrey presents Tutu with Lincoln prize

CHICAGO, May 14 (UPI) -- U.S. television personality Oprah Winfrey has presented the Lincoln Leadership Prize to her friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.

Anti-war group targets Easter mass

CHICAGO, March 23 (UPI) -- Members of a group calling itself Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War were arrested Sunday when they disrupted an Easter mass at Chicago's Catholic cathedral.

Cardinal George elected head of bishops

BALTIMORE, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Cardinal Francis George, head of the Chicago Roman Catholic archdiocese, was elected Tuesday as head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Report: Chicago priest to take plea deal

CHICAGO, June 30 (UPI) -- A Catholic priest reportedly is set to plead guilty to molestation charges that rocked the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Chicago cardinal breaks hip

CHICAGO, April 8 (UPI) -- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago will miss his impending trip to the Vatican after breaking his right hip when he slipped on holy water and fell.

Homosexuality on Catholic bishops agenda

BALTIMORE, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- New guidelines freeing gay Catholics from trying to alter their sexual orientation is being considered by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops this week.
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Francis George
CHI980111801-18 JANUARY 1998- CHICAGO,IL, USA: Archbishop Francis George has been elevated to the Sacred College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul the II, Sunday January 18. UPI ms/Ray Foli. ...............

Francis Eugene George, OMI (born January 16, 1937) is an American Cardinal. He is the eighth and current Archbishop of Chicago, having previously served as Bishop of Yakima (1990–1996) and the Archbishop of Portland (1996–1997). He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in 1998. Cardinal George is a past President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 to 2010, and is in charge of one the largest U.S. dioceses in terms of Catholic population. A member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, he had once served as provincial, or head, of the American province of his order; before that, he taught at some noted American seminaries. He was elected the moderator for North America at the 2008 World General Synod of Bishops Meeting.

In addition to his native English, George also speaks French, Italian, Latin, Spanish and German.

Born in Chicago to Francis J. and Julia R. McCarthy George, he attended St. Pascal Grade School on the city's northwest side. Cardinal George then enrolled at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago. However, due to difficulty climbing stairs because of childhood polio, he attended Quigley for only a day. He then transferred to St. Henry Preparatory Seminary in Belleville, Illinois before joining the religious order of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate on August 14, 1957. He was sent to the University of Ottawa in Canada to study theology before being ordained to the priesthood on December 21, 1963. Ordination took place at his home parish of St. Pascal Church by Bishop Raymond Hillinger.

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