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Updated: January 15, 2013 11:33AM

The cardinal’s story...

Stranger than fiction: While Cardinal Francis George awaits the verdict after his final round of chemo for his second bout with cancer, Sneed is told he’s already been the recipient of what his friends think are miraculous footnotes.

“He doesn’t like talking about his cancer,” said a close friend to the cardinal, “but the day before one of his cancer surgeries, he dispatched a note to his congregation that he was asking God for ‘courage’ and ‘strength’ to get through it.

“Then, abruptly, the cardinal changed the wording to ‘courage’ and ‘grace.’ ” ◆The shocker: It was a nurse late at night who saved his life when she felt he was crashing and roused doctors out of their beds to check on him. The cardinal had been bleeding internally.

The nurse’s name who saved his life was “Grace.”

A cardinal’s vignette...

Five years ago, on the 10th anniversary of George being made a cardinal, a bulk mailing was dispatched by the Archdiocese of Chicago inviting people to a celebration of his elevation. But the invitations were so heavy they required a 64-cent stamp.

◆The irony: The only 64-cent stamp was of Dr. Jonas Salk, who invented the polio vaccine. The cardinal was afflicted with polio when he was 13-years-old and still wears a leg brace.

“Things like that happen to him all the time,” said the source.

Cop shop...

Flower power: Chicago Police officer Brian McVey, 35, who was injured when the police car he was riding in crashed while responding to a robbery call late last month, had a special delivery arrive at his room at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago recen tly.◆The delivery: Flowers... which caught the recently married McVey off guard because he worried they were from an ex-girl friend. ◆Not so: They were from his actress cousin/famous blonde/Sun-Times blogger Jenny McCarthy... and came with a note: “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but driving into a pole definitely will.”

Pet patrol...

Please help: A heartbreaking search for Justen, a black and white (mostly) border Collie rescue dog has been going on far longer than the giving heart of owner Janette Potter can endure. Potter, a veterinary specialist at the Veterinary Specialty Clinic in Buffalo Grove, has been a savior to more animals than the crew of Noah’s Ark. She’s also organized more than 30 volunteer searches for Justen, who is timid around strangers. Help bring Justen back to his Lake Zurich home for Christmas to a woman who has never stopped bringing hope to so many people. Check out the “Bring Justen Home” Facebook page or call 847-877-1507.

The name game...

If the Brit royal baby is a girl, will Kate Middleton and hubby, Prince William, name her Allegra ­— which was the favorite name of Will’s late mother, Princess Diana? The name tip came from a “Life & Style” mag interview with the late Princess Di’s close pal, Marie Sutton.

The lost man...

It’s a Christmas story: Sneed received a letter this week from a man who had injured himself and was reported missing when he was found by a rookie Sheriff’s Police bloodhound n amed Kelli. ◆Backstory: Kelli is named after Kelli O’Laughlin, a 14-year-old girl who was murdered in her Indian Head Park home in 2011. The missing man Kelli found was wearing camouflage and was seriously injured in the south suburban Cook County forest preserve when the amazing pooch found him after a brief six minute search. He was taken to a hospital where he fully recovered from his injuries.

◆The “missing” man’s email to Sneed:

“You wrote a piece last Thursday lost and found. I am the person that was lost, and injured, if it were not for the county sheriff police, and forest preserve police, and of course Kelley, I would not be sending this e mail. I am out of hospital and doing OK. I would Like to thank everyone involved for [their successful] effort, wish them and [their] families merry Christmas. Because of them, I will celebrate Christmas with my family. Thank you.”


I spy: Legendary hoops star Michael Jordan was spotted at the bar at his own restaurant Thursday afternoon... Saturday’s birthdays: Adam Brody, 33; Tim Conway, 79; and Don Johnson, 63... Sunday’s birthdays: Gov. Pat Quinn, 64; William Perry, 50; and Steven Bochco, 69.

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