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Cardinal Francis George stops and chats with Shereena Cheeran of Elgin and her newborn, Norelle. George blessed the staff, patients and families of the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates on Monday.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Cardinal Francis George rides through the hallways of the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates on Monday, blessing the staff, patients and families.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Cardinal Francis George blesses Rich and Ashley Gowers of Algonquin with their first child. George visited staff, patients and families of the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates on Monday.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Cardinal Francis George gives a blessing to Maria Mora of Carpentersville at the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates. George visited the hospital Monday for the first time.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Cardinal Francis George blesses Alexandra Jones of Elk Grove Village, who was born prematurely. George visited the staff, patients and families of the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates on Monday.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Cardinal Francis George blesses the staff, patients and families of the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates on Monday.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Cardinal Francis George blesses Alexandra Jones, born prematurely. George visited the staff, patients and families of the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates on Monday.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Francis Cardinal George blesses the staff, patients and families of the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Yasenia Castillo of Streamwood kisses the ring of Francis Cardinal George.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Cardinal George congratulates Mohammed Ahmed of Elk Grove Village on the birth of his second child.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Cardinal George chats with Shellie Ptak of Bartlett with her son Dylan.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Francis Cardinal George rides down the hallways blessing the staff, patients and families of the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Gallery updated: 4/30/2013 8:14 AM

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Some of the smallest patients at Alexian Brothers Health Center in Hoffman Estates had a special visitor Monday. Cardinal Francis George spent the afternoon walking the halls of the new Women and Children's Hospital, sprinkling holy water on the doors of those in intensive care, blessing the doctors and nurses and personally praying with many families, including women in labor, premature babies and sick children.
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