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See a video of the young people of Epiphany of Our Lord Parish in Plymouth Meeting serving in various ministries, including the choir, during Mass at the church Dec. 1.
Watch a video of Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrating the closing Mass for the Year of Faith last Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.
Watch a video of the parish community of St. Helena’s, which welcomes many people of Vietnamese heritage, celebrating the feast of the 117 Vietnamese martyrs Sunday, Dec. 1, at the church in Northeast Philadelphia.
DALLAS (CNS) — Under cloudy skies and blustery winds, thousands of people gathered Nov. 22 at the spot where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago to the day, a tribute to his legacy and a ceremony many local officials also hoped would finally wipe the stain away from Dallas’ darkest day.
Author Jeff Greenfield probes what might have been if on that rainy day in Dallas the sun had not come out and the plastic “bubble” on the presidential car had not been removed. If it had stayed on, Greenfield plausibly posits, the shots that hit the president might have been serious, but not fatal.
WASHINGTON (CNS) — On Nov. 25, 1963, a television audience of millions of people around the world prayerfully bid farewell to President John F. Kennedy, as his flag-draped coffin was placed before the sanctuary of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, during the funeral Mass for the slain president.
One Youngstown diocesan priest, the late Father Robert Brengartner, was present to meet the Kennedy family when they returned from Dallas to what was then called the Bethesda Naval Hospital near Washington.
The anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination leaves me saddened on many levels. Like other Americans who were alive at the time, I keenly remember how devastated the country was. Looking back, I see how the young JFK was growing in his presidency and imagine what he might have accomplished.
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Auxiliary Bishop Philip Hannan of Washington was a close friend and confidant of President John F. Kennedy, but he had kept that friendship secret. Then he was called upon to deliver the eulogy at the funeral Mass for the country’s first Catholic president, killed by an assassin in Dallas Nov. 22, 1963.
“My own grieving … would have to wait,” wrote then-retired New Orleans Archbishop Hannan in his 2010 memoir. “First lady Jacqueline Kennedy had asked that I deliver the eulogy for her husband — and my friend.”
WASHINGTON (CNS) — At 82, Msgr. Leonard Hurley still has a distinctive speaking style and ad-libs easily, qualities that served him well 50 years ago when he narrated President John F. Kennedy’s funeral Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington for a worldwide TV and radio audience.