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Rep. Lipinski Issues Statement on the Passing of Francis Cardinal George

Official statement from Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3):

“I am saddened to learn of the death today of Francis Cardinal George.  Not just Chicago Catholics but the world has lost a man who was a great leader in the Catholic Church and a man who cared deeply about everyone no matter their faith.  He overcame many personal challenges, from polio at age 13 to the cancer that took his life, but he always persevered and kept giving. From his days as a teacher to his time as Archbishop of Chicago, he gave his all to spread God’s word and God’s love.  His outreach went beyond the Catholic community. He convened inter-religious discussions and showed tremendous respect for other faith communities. And he was always extremely committed to social justice that reaches to all corners of our society.

“On a personal level, the more that I had the opportunity to get to know Cardinal George the more I admired him.  He was an intellectual powerhouse who had a special ability to communicate great truths in a simple manner.  Every time I heard him speak I learned something that enriched my mind and my faith.  But his intellect was not a distant intellect of a philosopher in an abstract world, but it was well-grounded in an understanding of the everyday life of people.  And although it was sometimes misunderstood and got him in some trouble, I always admired his straightforwardness.  I will never forget the time he spent with my wife Judy and me two years ago in Rome on the eve of the installation of Pope Francis.  He was truly a remarkable man and a great shepherd.  One week ago I had the opportunity to once again thank him for all he had done.  I will continue to pray for his soul, for his family, and for all who were close to him.”