CHICAGO (CBS) — Approximately 2,000 mourners packed Holy Name Cathedral on Thursday, as they gathered for the funeral mass for the late Cardinal Francis George.
His body resting in a simple wooden casket topped with a crucifix in the sanctuary at Holy Name, George was described as a man whose faith “was simple, direct, childlike.”
Many people who knew him were struck by his intellect.
Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain gave the homily, saying George was a man of great compassion as well, and that empathy for others came from his own suffering.
“When the polio virus attacked him at age 13, he learned early and quickly that suffering is not hypothetical, but real,” he said.
Later, three bouts with cancer further changed the cardinal.
“The crosses of Francis George transformed him, exteriorly and interiorly, into a man of compassion for all who suffered,” Sartain said.