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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2015

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Statement of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on the Death of Cardinal Francis George

SPRINGFIELD — The death of His Eminence, Cardinal Francis George, saddens me deeply, yet fills us with hope because of our faith in Christ's Easter promise of resurrection. It was my privilege to have served Cardinal George as his Chancellor, as a Pastor, as Auxiliary Bishop and as a fellow Diocesan Bishop in the State of Illinois. Cardinal George was a great churchman, an exceptional leader, a faithful teacher and a masterful mentor. He was known for his keen intellect, generous availability to his spiritual flock and tireless devotion to his ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate and the universal Church throughout the world. His whole life was dedicated to giving glory to Christ through selfless service to Jesus and His Church. We will miss him profoundly. Please pray for the repose of his soul and in gratitude for his extraordinary life.

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