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Father George Clements, 87, Iconic Priest and Civil Rights Activist, Dies

Father George Clements, considered one of the most celebrated Catholic priests in Chicago history and a civil rights activist who marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr., died Monday at a hospital in Hammond, Indiana. He was 87.

In addition to having served for many years as pastor of Holy Angels Parish in Chicago, Clements had legally adopted four sons and listed among the first people to welcome former President Barack Obama to Chicago.

Clements had also been accused of sexually abusing a child in the 1970s and was asked in August to step aside from the ministry.

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