(CBS) — Cardinal Francis George performed Mass today at St. John Brebeuf Church in Niles then checked out a multi-million dollar renovation project at the school.

WBBM’s Kimberly Easton reports though his voice appeared strong during his homily, Cardinal Francis George needed help walking from time to time.

Cardinal George is battling cancer in his kidney but was determined to perform the commissioning Mass.

Immediately following the Mass, Cardinal George went next door to look at the school’s multi-million dollar renovation project. A year ago, one of the main walls of the 30-year-old gym was crumbling and the roof needed replacement.

Pleased with the progress of the project Cardinal George smiles, took photos declined an interview with the media and left. However his brief appearance meant so much to parishioners who love and are praying for him and his health.

“It is so great to get that validation from him, it means so much to us and it means so much to our community,” said St. John Brebeuf Principal Alice Madsen.

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