The Focolare Movement mourns the loss of Francis Cardinal George. We are very grateful to God for his leadership and vision. He was a man of great intelligence and a keen sense of humor and, above all, a true friend. He understood the role of the laity in the Church, and in particular of the Ecclesial Movements. An untiring worker for unity and reconciliation, he followed the example of the last Popes in putting together all the members of the Movements and faithfully kept his annual appointment with us, making the Movements and new communities a vibrant part of the Archdiocese. He wanted the Archdiocese to be a living community of faith.
His passion for interreligious and cultural dialogue built many bridges and opened new paths for the faithful in Chicago. He will be greatly missed. We know now we have a great intercessor in heaven.