CHICAGO (CBS) — The pews were full at Holy Name Cathedral this morning for what’s likely Cardinal George’s last Palm Sunday Mass as Chicago’s archbishop.
At the 11 a.m. mass, the Cardinal delivered his homily from a chair instead of standing and did not greet parishioners outside.
Francis Cardinal George offered well wishes from the alter and said he’s not supposed to be shaking hands with a huge number of people right now.
He’s undergoing more chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer and with that in mind, has asked the Vatican to formally begin the search for his successor.
That had parishioners reflecting after Mass, with some saying they admire his courage and awareness that he can’t lead the archdiocese the way he should while diverting more attention to his health.
One woman said it’s important to recognize one’s limits and the grace that comes with that.
A man visiting from St. Louis said Pope Benedict’s decision to retire may have made it easier for the cardinal.