- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Cardinal Francis George has received Chicago’s highest honor, the Medal of Merit.

The Chicago City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel awarded the medal Wednesday to George, who retired as archbishop of Chicago last month and is battling cancer. George is now Chicago’s archbishop emeritus.

Emanuel and aldermen praised George for his work helping the poor. Emanuel says George is “not just a man of the cloth, but also of conviction.” He says “that has earned you the admiration of all of us, regardless of faith.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1zxLX6U ) George is the first recipient of the city’s Medal of Merit in 15 years.

George says he is “deeply touched” by the honor.

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