Cardinal Francis George, the first Chicago native to serve as the local archbishop and a man who during that 17-year tenure became the intellectual leader of the American church, died Friday morning at his home after a years long struggle with cancer. He was 78.
"A man of peace, tenacity and courage has been called home to the Lord," George's successor, Archbishop Blase Cupich, said during a brief announcement Friday afternoon.
He said George died at 10:45 a.m. at his home.
Cupich remembered George as “always choosing the church over his own comfort, and the people over his own needs.
"Let us heed his example and be a little more brave, a...