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Cardinal George's Funeral Procession To Pause at St. Pascal's Church

 Cardinal Francis George speaks as his successor, Bishop Blase Cupich, was introduced.
Cardinal Francis George speaks as his successor, Bishop Blase Cupich, was introduced.
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PORTAGE PARK — Cardinal Francis George will take one last trip home to St. Pascal's Church in Portage Park.

After George's funeral Mass is celebrated at noon Thursday at Holy Name Cathedral, his funeral procession will stop at St. Pascal's Church, 3935 N. Melvina Ave.

George died Friday morning from cancer, officials said.

Archbishop Blase Cupich remembered his predecessor as "a man of peace, tenacity and courage" who counseled and supported three popes contributing to the governance of the church worldwide.

Since George's death, the Far Northwest Side has mourned him as their "favorite son" who rose to the highest ranks of the Catholic Church, but never put on airs and remained much the same as the boy — known as Franny — who grew up in a red-brick bungalow in the 6100 block of West Byron Avenue.

George's funeral procession will head west on the Kennedy Expy. from Cathedral, and take Irving Park Road to the church.

The retired cardinal's funeral Mass will be shown on the big screen in the church's hall, with the doors opening at 11:30 a.m.

From St. Pascal, the procession will head west to Naragansett Avenue and Nagel Avenue and then travel northwest on Milwaukee Avenue to Dempster Avenue before turning north on South River Road and arriving at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, where he will be buried next to his parents, Francis and Julia.

Traffic delays are expected, officials said.

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