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Editorial

Kennedy family isn’t only interpreter of senator’s legacy

AT THE AUGUST 2009 graveside service for US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a Kennedy family friend, read portions of a letter that the dying senator wrote to Pope Benedict XVI.

In the letter, which was delivered to the pope by President Obama, Kennedy declared that “even though I am ill, I am committed to do everything I can to achieve access to health care for everyone in my country. This has been the political cause of my life. I believe in a conscience protection for Catholics in the health care field and will continue to advocate for it as my colleagues in the Senate and I work to develop an overall national health policy that guarantees health care for everyone.’’

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