July 26, 2006

Chicago’s Cardinal George has bladder cancer

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who
has played a prominent role in the U.S. bishops' response to
sex scandals in the Roman Catholic church, said on Tuesday he
will undergo surgery for bladder cancer.

George, 69, became the archbishop of Chicago in 1997 and
was elevated to cardinal a year later by Pope John Paul II. He
is the first Chicago native to head the archdiocese, overseeing
2.4 million Catholics.

"I am informed that I can expect to make a full recovery
from this cancer and the surgery to remove it," George said in
a statement on the archdiocese's Web site.

"I trust that the Lord will give me the strength and grace
I need during these next days and weeks," he added.