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Pope offers condolences for Cardinal George's death, grateful for his service to church

Pope Francis has expressed sadness for the death of Cardinal Francis George, the retired Chicago archbishop.

In a condolence telegram Saturday sent to current Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, the pontiff offered "heartfelt condolences" to the prelate, clergy and other faithful of the third-largest U.S. archdiocese with 2.2 million parishioners. George, 78, died on Friday after suffering from cancer.

Francis also expressed gratitude for the cardinal's service to the church and long years in the ministry in Yakima, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and Chicago.