CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago area Catholics are remembering Francis Cardinal George at the first Sunday mass since he died.
Those heading to worship entered Holy Name Cathedral under purple and white funeral bunting and once inside, saw a picture of Cardinal George on the alter next to a remembrance candle.
Many parishioners talked of personal experiences with the cardinal. One man said he was surprised to see George as the last person at an event, staying so he could talk to anyone who wanted his ear.
Another man said he could see the cardinal in pain as he listened to the man’s recent confession.
Parishioner Allen Roche says he grieves for those who worked with the cardinal.
“The tall, younger priest was always at the cardinal’s side,” Roche said. “It has to be like losing an arm. You dedicate yourself to a person for all those years. You just watched over him.”