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updated: 2/27/2013 3:34 PM

Chicago archdiocese to eliminate 75 jobs

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The Archdiocese of Chicago says it's cutting 75 jobs and closing or consolidating five schools.

Cardinal Francis George made the announcement Wednesday in a letter on the Roman Catholic archdiocese's website. He says 60 layoffs along with the decision not to fill 15 vacant jobs will save as much as $13 million a year by 2015. He says eliminating the jobs is necessary because administrative operations have run at deficits of more than $30 million in each of the last four years. The cardinal says the deficits have nothing to do with any payments related to priest misconduct.

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George is in Rome with other cardinals to select a new pope after Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step down.

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