CHICAGO (CBS) –Christians celebrated Easter at churches and events across the Chicago area Sunday.
This year the holiday is especially meaningful for many Catholics as Francis Cardinal George battles a recurrence of cancer.
Worshippers showed up early Easter Sunday and waited in a line that wrapped around Holy Name Cathedral to hear perhaps the last Easter homily by Cardinal Francis George.
Despite his health, Cardinal George was in good spirits.
“I feel very good. It is Easter Sunday and so there is a lot of joy in the air,” said Cardinal George.
George is undergoing chemotherapy to treat a recurrence of cancer in his kidney and has asked the church to begin searching for his successor as Archbishop of Chicago.