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CARDINAL GEORGE REFLECTS ON DECADE AS ARCHBISHOP
On Monthly Cable Television Show

Chicago, IL ( April 23, 2007 ) -Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, reflects on the triumphs, challenges and his hopes for the future of the Archdiocese of Chicago in a special, 10 th anniversary edition of the cable television program, The Church, the Cardinal and You that will be broadcast in the Chicago metropolitan area on Friday and Saturday evenings in April and May.

Graziano Marcheschi, Archdiocesan Director of Lay Ministry Formation Programs, moderates t he 30-minute program, which includes extensive video of the milestone events in the life of Cardinal George since his installation as the eighth Archbishop of Chicago on May 7, 1997 . Also included is a wide-ranging and frank interview during which the Cardinal reviews the highs and lows of the past decade leading 2.3 million Catholics in Cook and Lake counties since returning to his native Chicago in January, 1997.

Topics of discussion include the Cardinal's pastoral letters on evangelization and racism from 1997 and 2001, Becoming an Evangelizing People and Dwell In My Love; the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI in April, 2005; and the public outpouring of faith at events such as the Eucharistic procession in Grant Park in August, 2005. The Cardinal also comments on the sex abuse scandal and its impact on the Archdiocese, his battle last summer with bladder cancer and his expectations for the next decade as head of one of the nation's largest dioceses.

The Church, the Cardinal and You can be seen every Friday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Chicago Loop Cable Channel 25. In the suburbs, the program airs on Saturday evenings on Comcast cable stations as detailed on the Radio/TV page of Archdiocesan website, www.archchicago.org . The program's producer is Jim Disch, Archdiocesan Director of Radio and Television.

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