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Francis Cardinal George discusses his medical condition after learning from his doctors that initial test results from a procedure showed cancerous cells in his kidney and in a nodule that was removed from his liver. Afterwards, the Cardinal appears at the annual Hispanic Ministry Awards Banquet, “Noche de Gala" at the Drury Lane Conference, in Oakbrook Terrace on Friday, August 24, 2012. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

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Updated: December 5, 2012 6:31AM

The Cardinal’s story...

Pew Place: Sneed hears clerical rumors Cardinal Francis George, who is in the midst of chemotherapy treatments for a new round of cancer in his liver and kidney, may be retiring shortly after the new year -- and/or an “coadjutor” dispatched by the Vatican may be installed to help out in January or February before taking over from George. ◆“Absolutely not true,” said Archdiocesan spokesman Colleen Dolan. “The cardinal is functioning just fine and his chemo is going well. He hasn’t even lost his hair and has no nausea.” ◆“The cardinal may have reduced his schedule by one third, gets fatigued and tired and holds more meetings in the residency, but he is doing very well,” she s aid.◆“The cardinal’s last bout of chemo is the first week of January. Then, at the end of January he plans to take a vacation and then head to the Vatican in Rome,” she said. “He has not asked for a coadjutor to he lp out.”◆Could the cardinal ending his treatment in January be the genesis of the rumors?◆A strong indication Cardinal George does not plan to leave soon is a “new capital campaign he has just begun initiating for religious education in the schools,” said an informed member of the clergy. “One needs a lot of energy for that and he plans to present the c ase personally.”◆A history note: Cardinal Joseph Bernardin also suffered from cancer, but a coadjutor was never appointed for him. Bernardin died while still Chicago’s Archbishop.

Newspaper News...

Tit for Tat! For the first time in 40 years, the esteemed Des Moines Register endorsed a Republican for president last week.◆The buckshot: Former President Bill Clinton -- the Obama facilitator (aka Don Quixote’s Sancho Panza), wrote an op-ed piece to run in the newspaper stating why he disagrees with their Romneyendorsement.◆The upshot: The op-ed, which was received by the paper late last week, is on track to run on Sunday, said Randy Evans, the editoria l page editor for the paper.◆Why run it? “It’s part of the role we see for our opinion pages -- to be a place where Iowans can come to learn about the issues and the candidates from ordinary citizens who write letters, from people with expertise in certain areas, and from people who know the candidates,” Evans told Sneed.


Nervous in the Service! Sneed hears the U.S. Secret Service went into a mini-panic as President Barack Obama hit town to vote last Thursday when they couldn’t open the giant, metal election equipment vault for the bomb sniffing dogs. (An election judge had to be called for the key.)

Boo Hoo...

The President and Mrs. Obama may have canceled Halloween at the White House due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, but Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, which bore the brunt of the fury, rescheduled Halloween for Monday.

The Lincoln link...

Now comes word actor George Clooney is related to President Abraham Lincoln via Lincoln’s maternal grandmother, Lucy Hanks, who had deep roots in Kentucky, according to

Play ball...

Hey Hey! U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi showed up at a fundraiser at Harry Caray’s Steakhouse on Kinzie Thursday with a signed ball her son caught during one of the Giants’ recent World Series games.

◆Upshot: Harry Caray’s CEO Grant DePorter, who blasted the infamous Bartman ball to smithereens, gave Pelosi a signed Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks ball to take home after unsuccessfully requesting the Giants ball for the Caray’s collection.

◆The final shot: Pelosi said she’d put the Banks ball next to her next to her signed ball from Bobby “Shot Heard Round the World” Thompson at home.


Saturday’s birthdays: Roseanne Barr, 60; Dennis Miller, 59, and Kathy Posner, priceless. Sunday’s birthdays: Matthew McConaughey, 43; Sean Combs, 43, and Kathy Griffin, 52.

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