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Chicago Cardinal Francis George hospitalized for tests to evaluate his condition

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Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center on Sunday to undergo several days of tests.

A news release from the Chicago archdiocese on Tuesday said the tests were being conducted to evaluate his condition since he stopped treatment for cancer in late January.

"The cardinal continues to count on the prayers of so many who have written to wish him God's blessings," the statement said.

At awards event, Cardinal George says he's receiving palliative care

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Doctors have exhausted all options in Cardinal Francis George's cancer treatment and have moved on to palliative care.

The cardinal shared that information with news media during a Jan. 30 news conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, following a luncheon where he received the Knights of Columbus' highest honor, the Gaudium et Spes Award.

"They've run out of tricks in the bag, if you like," said George, 78, Chicago's retired archbishop.

Cupich at installation Mass: Jesus invites all to take risk 'of being more'

At his installation as the ninth archbishop of Chicago on Tuesday, Archbishop Blase Cupich urged the congregation at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral to fearlessly share their faith recognizing that God calls them "to more" and "to greater things."

Before an overflow crowd, the archbishop said he had "a bit of a panic attack" when he saw the day's Gospel reading was about Jesus walking on water and calling his disciples to follow him.

Cardinal announces school closures, mergers in Chicago archdiocese

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In a major restructuring, the Chicago archdiocese announced Wednesday that 14 elementary schools would be closed or merged at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.

"This restructuring is the result of our ongoing efforts to strengthen and support sustainable Catholic schools over the long term," said Thomas McGrath, chief operating officer for Catholic schools. "Although difficult in the immediate term, we know taking these steps will increase access for families and students to excellent Catholic school education, now and in the future."

Advocates say vouchers for school choice about fairness, not 'handouts'

Hundreds of Catholic school students, parents and other supporters joined a school choice rally Sept. 25 at a Chicago building that houses Illinois state government offices.

The rally was aimed at demonstrating the need for more families to be able to enroll their children in the schools they choose, whether they are Catholic schools, other private schools, charter schools or other public schools.

In most cases, speakers said, the main barriers to school choice are economic.

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