Religion: Change of the Guard

Standing at John F. Kennedy's inaugural platform in 1961, he delighted the President and TV audience by steadfastly continuing his invocation after smoke began to pour from the lectern in front of him. He was cast in a more somber role in 1963, when he conducted John Kennedy's funeral Mass in Washington. He rushed to the Kennedys' side at the time of Bobby's assassination. He comforted Rose during Joseph Sr.'s long illness and again at his death, and staunchly defended Jackie after her marriage to Aristotle Onassis.

For all this. Richard Joseph Cardinal Gushing,...

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