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Cardinal George's successor to be chosen in fall

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  • Chicago Cardinal Francis George

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The Archdiocese of Chicago says a successor to ailing Cardinal Francis George should be chosen this fall.

The archdiocese put out a statement Thursday. It says that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, papal nuncio to the United States, has informed George that he has started the consulting process to identify the cardinal's successor.

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The archdiocese says the process is expected to be completed in late fall.

The 77-year-old George has recently undergone chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer near his right kidney. He was hospitalized earlier this year and his doctors advised him to skip a trip to Rome last month for the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

George is the spiritual leader of the Chicago area's more than 2 million Roman Catholics.

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