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Cardinal Bernardin Has Liver Cancer, Less Than Year To Live

Sat., Aug. 31, 1996

Declaring that “I can say in all sincerity that I am at peace,” Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Roman Catholic archbishop of Chicago, announced Friday that he has been told he has less than a year to live.

On Wednesday, his doctors discovered that the cancer for which he was treated over a year ago had returned, he said.

Doctors at Loyola University Medical Center discovered five cancerous nodules in his liver, which they said were inoperable, the 68-year-old prelate told a hastily called news conference at the Chicago archdiocesan offices.

The cardinal, who has been a leader of the liberal wing of the American Catholic hierarchy but also a frequent conciliator of factions within the church, turned aside questions regarding a successor in Chicago.

“I have been assured that I still have some quality time left,” Bernardin said. “I will continue to serve the archdiocese in the way I have in the past.”

Bernardin plans to deliver a major address on religion and politics at Georgetown University in Washington on Sept. 9, archdiocesan officials confirmed.


 
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