CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago and Catholics worldwide were preparing to say goodbye to Francis Cardinal George, who was the spiritual leader of the third largest Archdiocese in the U.S., and served the church in Rome for more than a decade.
George will be laid to rest Thursday afternoon, following a funeral mass at Holy Name Cathedral, where he presided over the Catholic Church in Chicago for more than 17 years. He died Friday, following a long battle with cancer.
Mourners visited Holy Name Cathedral through the night Wednesday into Thursday, for an all-night public visitation, knowing it would be their last chance to see the cardinal lying in state in the sanctuary.
At 8 a.m., the doors to Holy Name Cathedral will be closed to the public, so officials can prepare the church for the noon funeral mass, which is an invitation only service.