Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Eunice Shriver dies; Pope sends message of support and promise of prayers to family

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Papal support for family of Eunice Shriver
August 11, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI sent a message of support and a promise of prayers to the family of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, shortly before her death on August 11. The founder of the Special Olympics, wife of former Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver, and sister of President John F. Kennedy, Eunice Shriver died in Massachusetts at the age of 88 after a series of strokes.

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Pope prays for JFK's sister hospitalized in Mass (AP)

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Shriver remembered for her 'ardent faith and generous public service'

By Catholic News Service

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (CNS) -- Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who died Aug. 11, was "a woman of ardent faith and generous public service" in her work with the developmentally and physically disabled, said Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

In a letter to Shriver's family released to the press and posted on the Special Olympics Web site, the archbishop conveyed the condolences of Pope Benedict XVI.

He said the pope "unites himself spiritually with each of you at this difficult time, holding close to his heart Eunice as she is called home to eternal life and trusting in the words of sacred Scripture: 'What will separate us from the love of Christ?'"

News reports said the 88-year-old Shriver, sister of the late President John F. Kennedy, died in a hospital in Barnstable, on Cape Cod. At her side were her husband, R. Sargent Shriver, the couple's five children and their spouses, and the Shrivers' 19 grandchildren. She had been in failing health after suffering a couple of strokes and had been hospitalized recently.

Funeral arrangements were pending. According to the Shriver family, areas where people could pay tribute to her were being set up at the Special Olympics headquarters in Washington, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, and the Kennedy museum in Hyannis, Mass.

A statement from the family said she was the light of their lives as mother, wife, grandmother, sister and aunt "who taught us by example and with passion what it means to live a faith-driven life of love and service to others."

It noted her deep devotion to Mary. "May she be welcomed now by Mary to the joy and love of life everlasting in the certain truth that her love and spirit will live forever," it said.

And also:

From the Boston Herald, "
Cardinal O'Malley: Shriver's death 'a great loss'"

From the Boston Globe, "
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 88; member of Kennedy clan, founder of Special Olympics"

From CBS News, "
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Dies at 88"


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