Cardinal Francis E. George, the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died Friday at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer.
Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, has been readmitted to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment of hydration issues and pain management, according to archdiocesan spokeswoman Susan Burritt.
In a brief statement Saturday, Burritt said the cardinal had requested the update about his health be released. "He asks for and is grateful for your continued prayers," she added.
No further information was available.
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.
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.
Chicago Cardinal Francis George has been dropped from the experimental cancer treatment program at the University of Chicago, according to a press release from the Chicago archdiocese's Department of Communications and Public Relations.
"Recent scans showed that this experimental drug has not been effective in his case, but the physicians and others who are overseeing this trial assured him that the information that they had gathered during his course of treatment will be of benefit to others," the statement said.
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