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Chicago, IL (December 21, 2009) - Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will observe the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with liturgical celebrations at Holy Name Cathedral and the Cook County Department of Corrections.  The Cardinal will also continue his annual Christmas tradition of visiting with seriously ill children and their families at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

As is his custom, Cardinal George will be the main celebrant and homilist at Midnight Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets.  The evening’s liturgical music program will begin at 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24; Mass will follow at 12 a.m. on December 25.  WGN-TV, Channel 9 will broadcast Midnight Mass live on Christmas Eve from Holy Name Cathedral beginning at 12 a.m., for viewers in Chicago and the suburbs.  Fr. Greg Sakowitz will provide English language commentary throughout the broadcast.  WGN’s super station will carry the Mass live and WGN-AM 720 will simulcast the Mass.  The Mass will also be re-broadcast at 5 a.m. on CLTV and will be real time closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

On Christmas morning, Friday, December 25, Cardinal George will celebrate 9 a.m. Mass with young, male detainees at Cook County Department of Corrections, Division 11, a medium-security facility at 3015 S. California Avenue in Chicago.  The Cardinal will then travel to Children's Memorial Hospital, 2300 Children’s Plaza, for an 11 a.m. visit with hospitalized children who cannot be home for Christmas. 

Cardinal George’s 2009 Christmas greeting and his annual Christmas letter to parishioners in English, Polish and Spanish can be viewed on the Archdiocesan web site,

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