ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Update on Cardinal George's Cancer Condition
Friday, March 7, 2014
Cardinal George has met with his medical team who has recommended a new regime of chemotherapy to address current signs of activity of cancer cells surrounding his right kidney.
The Cardinal was diagnosed with urothelial cancer in August 2012 and underwent chemotherapy at that time. The cancer, dormant for well over a year, is still confined to the area of his right kidney.
After extensive testing, scans, biopsies and diagnosis, it was agreed that the best course of action is for the Cardinal to enter into a regimen of chemotherapy, with drugs more aggressive than those used in the first round but for a more limited duration initially.
Cardinal George intends to maintain his administrative and public schedule during this current round of chemotherapy, although it may occasionally be reduced because of lowered immunity.
As he prepares for this next round of chemotherapy, the Cardinal has spoken directly about this new stage in his life journey in a portion of his column, “Lent: Taking Stock of our Lives,” in the current issue of the Catholic New World, www.catholicnewworld.com.
The Cardinal’s Column
March 8 - 22, 2014
Lent: Taking stock of our lives
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Pope Francis, in his Lenten Message for 2014, writes about Gospel poverty. Poverty, he explains is a way of being one with Christ, who “became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich.” Poverty, the pope writes, is Christ’s “way of loving us, his way of being our neighbor, just as the Good Samaritan was neighbor to the man left half dead by the side of the road. What gives us true freedom, true salvation and true happiness is the compassion, tenderness and solidarity of his love.”
Catholic Chicago Blog
In this week's blog, Joanna Arellano, of the Office for Peace and Justice, discusses the CRS Rice Bowl campaign for this Lenten season.
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Catholic New World
Cold weather equals more requests for help
As the Chicago area struggles through one of the coldest and snowiest winters in memory, Catholic agencies that serve people who are poor or homeless are working overtime to try to keep them safe and warm.
ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS
Honoring Educators and Catholic Schools in Cook and Lake Counties
Chicago, IL (March 3, 2014) – Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P., Superintendent of Catholic Schools and the Archdiocese of Chicago Board of Catholic Schools recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Awards.
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES RICE BOWL
Sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Peace and Justice's Catholic Relief Services
Chicago, IL (March 3, 2014) – For nearly 50 years, CRS Rice Bowl has been an innovative way for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago to pray, fast and give alms during Lent. Each parish and school in Lake and Cook Counties is invited to participate in this Lenten faith-formation tool, which goes beyond just donating. Numerous resources are provided to engage Catholics through daily reflections, weekly prayers and meatless recipes along with a mobile app to track sacrifices and Stories of Hope from five different countries.