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How Robert Kennedy’s Supporters Got Down On Their Knees And Prayed The Rosary After He Was Shot

How Robert Kennedy’s Supporters Got Down On Their Knees And Prayed The Rosary After He Was Shot

When presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot in a California hotel on June 5, 1968, his supporters prayed…

“After Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, many supporters got down on their knees and prayed the rosary. A famous picture from the time shows a busboy, Juan Romero, pressing rosary beads into Kennedy’s hands in the kitchen of the hotel. Imagine Catholics doing that today,” Mark Stricherz, political reporter and author of the 2007 book Why the Democrats are Blue, told CNA.

Kennedy’s own life had similar devotion. He was born the seventh of nine children to Joseph and Rosemary Kennedy in Brookline, Mass. After serving in the Navy during the Second World War, he married Ethel Skakel, with whom he would have eleven children – the last of whom was yet unborn at the time of his death.

Kennedy was often considered one of the more devout Kennedy brothers, with his house full of devotionals, bibles, and crucifixes, and regular prayer with his wife and children. He served as an altar boy as a young man and even at points during his career of public service, biographer Larry Tye said in his 2017 book Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.

Kennedy’s life also included some clashes with clerics, including an argument as a student with controversial Harvard Catholic chaplain Father Leonard Feeney.

In 1952 he served as manager for his brother John F. Kennedy’s U.S. Senate run. He was a Senate subcommittee staffer under U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy and would later write a report critical of his approach to anti-communism, according to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

After managing his brother’s successful 1960 presidential campaign, he was named U.S. Attorney General. Following his brother’s 1963 assassination, he left the presidential cabinet and went on to run successfully for U.S. Senator from New York.

Kennedy entered the 1968 presidential race in mid-March, an event which may well have prompted President Lyndon Johnson’s announcement two weeks later that he would not seek re-election. Facing a primary foe in U.S. Sen. Eugene McCarthy, his campaign featured labor outreach to leaders such as Cesar Chavez and to African-American leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., despite his previous tensions with the Kennedy family.

For Stricherz, Kennedy’s 1968 electoral coalition was unique. He focused on working-class whites and blacks, which the senator called a “black-blue” or “have-not” coalition.

With the possible exception of Jimmy Carter’s 1976 victory, Stricherz told CNA, “no politician has pulled off that cross-racial, populist alliance of supporters.”

“To be sure, Bobby benefited politically from the death of his brother John, whom the country was still mourning. 1968 was a crazy year and many voters wanted a return to the stability of the early 1960s.”

Much like his president brother, Kennedy’s death with his life seemingly unfulfilled made him an object for the hopes of many who wanted a different path through the late 1960s and 1970s on war, race relations, and poverty.

It is possible the assassination changed the course of the country on abortion, Stricherz suggested. “Kennedy’s stand on the sexual revolution is unknowable,” he said.

Social conservatives have said a 1964 meeting he attended would have made him a supporter of abortion rights. But his sister Eunice was an unquestioned pro-life supporter who participated in the last great push to move the Democratic Party away from its abortion-rights stance in 1992. And Kennedy was the father of 11 children.”

Stricherz also doubted some depictions of Kennedy as a pioneer on racial justice.

“One reason President Johnson despised Bobby was he was ‘all hat no cattle’ on racial issues,” he said. “While Johnson passed more legislation to help blacks than any president, Kennedy made speeches. That said, no political candidate, not even President Obama, has attracted the adulation from black crowds that Kennedy did in 1968. But Kennedy sought to balance the interests of blacks and his white constituents. In a debate before the California primary in June 1968, Kennedy and McCarthy differed on the extent to which the federal government should support racial integration in housing.”

However, Kennedy’s April 4, 1968 remarks in Indianapolis upon the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. are sometimes credited with redirecting tension and anger over the killing. Indianapolis was among the few major cities to be spared riots in the wake of the killing.

Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice for his fellow human beings, and he died because of that effort,” Kennedy said in an African-American neighborhood that night.

For those of you who are black – considering the evidence there evidently is that there were white people responsible – you can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in great polarization, black people amongst black, white people amongst white, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love.”

“For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and distrust at the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I can only say that I feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling,” Kennedy said. “I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.”

Just months later Kennedy too would be fatally shot. His assailant, Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian Arab from a Christian background, was angered over Kennedy’s support for Israel.

Juan Romero, a 17-year-old Mexican busboy in the Ambassador Hotel, was shaking hands with the senator as he was shot. Romero cradled the wounded Kennedy in his arms on the floor of a hotel kitchen. He put his own rosary into Kennedy’s hands.

Kennedy lingered for about a day. He died early the morning of June 6, 2018 in the presence of his wife Ethel, two of his sisters, and a brother-in-law. He was 42.

A True Testimony: The Kansas Town The Blessed Virgin Mary Spared From War II, Through The Rosary 

A True Testimony: The Kansas Town The Blessed Virgin Mary Spared From War II, Through The Rosary 


I was 5 years old when World War II started,” Lilian said. “The priest said, ‘Let’s pray outside at the grotto …'”

St. Benedict, Kansas, will be remembering their war dead on Memorial Day. But they won’t remember any from World War II, Korea, or Desert Storm.

The town has sent many young men to war, but none were lost — and local Catholics credit the Rosary.

Larry Buessing remembers St. Mary’s Church in the tiny town of St. Benedict as the church his grandfather helped build in 1893. “He was a little boy and he led the mule that raised the rock to put in place for the church,” he said.

The church, built by the Benedictines of Atchison, Kansas, is plain on the outside, but breathtakingly beautiful inside, such that it was a finalist for one of the “8 Wonders of Kansas” in a recent statewide contest.

“Faith was not extraordinary for those German farmers,” said Buessing. “It was a faith-filled community.”

That faith included the Rosary, whose 15 original mysteries are referenced in art on the church walls. Outside, the church added a grotto in 1936, using rocks from nearby farms.

Lilian Engelken, a parish secretary at St. Mary’s for 28 years, heard stories about how the grotto was built.

“The young men of the parish helped bring the rocks,” she said. They were the same young men who would later be sent to Europe and the Pacific to fight the Axis Powers.

When war broke out, said Lilian, the parish pastor told us, “We’re going to say the Rosary for our servicemen.”

And that they did, every night at 7:30, “after chores were done” – weather permitting. In inclement weather they prayed in the church instead.

Engelken remembers more than 50 young men headed off to war. Every single one came back.

Others suffered heavy losses. The town of Frankfort, also in Northeast Kansas, lost 32 young men in World War II.

“Based on records from local county newspapers of that time, it is concluded that the Frankfort community lost more men in World War II than any other town of similar size,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, upon entering all 32 names into the Congressional Record in 2005.

The miracle of the Rosary is remembered by parishioners to this day.

“Some of us do remember going and we were quite little. I was 5 years old when World War II started,” Lilian said. “The priest said, ‘Let’s pray outside at the grotto on our knees and ask for them to come back.’ And they all did.”

When the Korean War broke out, the town sent more men overseas, and prayed more rosaries. Again, no casualties were lost. The practice was remembered in 1991 when Desert Storm brought troops to Kuwait. Again, the town gathered for prayers. Again, “St. Benedict boys” were spared.

“We had three neighbor boys who went to war, and two or three who lived half a mile the other direction. I was young but I knew them because of older brothers and sisters,” Lilian said. “They all came back. Our Lady was good to us.”

There are other more dramatic miracles of the Rosary from World War II — there were the eight German missionaries who prayed the Rosary daily in Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II, and walked away unscathed after the atomic bomb destroyed everything around them on August 6, 1945. There were also Austria’s daily rosaries to fend off communist takeover after the war was over.

But the miracle of the Rosary at St. Benedict, Kansas, reminds us how Our Lady takes cares of the humble, the dedicated and the devout who pray for peace, war after war.

Pakistani Catholic (Asia Bibi) Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy Says Rosary From Pope Francis Is A ‘Great Consolation’

Pakistani Catholic (Asia Bibi) Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy Says Rosary From Pope Francis Is A ‘Great Consolation’

Asia Bibi: Rosary From Pope Francis Is a ‘Great Consolation’

Asia Bibi, the Christian woman condemned to death for blasphemy in Pakistan, has said it is a “miracle” that she has been allowed to keep a Rosary, recently given to her by Pope Francis.

“It is the first time in nine years that I have been able to hold a religious object in my cell,” Asia said, according to a March 15 statement from the Italian branch of the charity, Aid to the Church in Need.

The mother of five added that she had received “this gift with devotion and gratitude” and that the “Rosary will be of great consolation for me, just as it comforts me to know that the Holy Father prays for me and thinks of me in these difficult conditions.”

Jailed in June 2009 and sentenced to death in 2010, Asia has been held in one of the three windowless cells on death row in the southern province of Multan in the Punjab Penitentiary. She received the Rosary from her husband Ashiq and daughter Eisham who visited her in prison on Monday.

Ashiq and Eisham had just returned from their trip to Italy with Aid to the Church in Need, during which they were received in private audience by the Holy Father on Feb. 24.

At that meeting, Pope Francis gave Eisham an extra Rosary to bring to her mother and assured her of his prayers. During their visit to Asia in prison on Monday, Eisham relayed the Pope’s “touching words” and the “emotional meeting” they had with him, during which Eisham embraced the Pope on behalf of her mother, as Asia had instructed.

The daughter and husband also told Asia about the Feb, 24 event they had attended at the Colosseum, when the historical site was lit up red in memory of the Christian martyrs, many of whom were remembered through the testimony of loved ones.

Asia said in the March 15 statement that “international attention to my case is crucial to me” and it is “because of this that I am still alive.” She expressed her thanks to Aid to the Church in Need “not only for me but for all the other victims of the anti-blasphemy law, whose abuse affects religious minorities in particular.”

In comments to the Register March 16, Alessandro Monteduro, Aid to the Church Need’s Italian director, said that “knowing Asia Bibi will be able to pray with a Rosary in her hands after nine years in prison touches all of us.”

He added that he would “never forget” the “affection with which the Holy Father first embraced and kissed Eisham and then specifically gave a Rosary to her, and one for her mother.”

Monteduro, who said Aid to the Church Need’s task is to bring “Faith to where Faith suffers,” said that knowing to have “minimally contributed” to strengthening the faith of a “woman martyred in life” must “push us even more to dedicate our generosity to those who are imprisoned anywhere in the world as a result of the application of a liberticidal law such as the anti-blasphemy law.”

To do this, he stressed the importance of convincing the international community, the media and cultural agencies “that religious freedom is the mother of all freedoms.” Lighting up the Colosseum in red in memory of the blood of the Martyrs was to “signify this,” he said.

Monteduro added that Aid to the Church in Need is trying to combat the “virus of religious fundamentalism” more generally by administering “the vaccine” of supporting persecuted minorities around the word, and is focusing much of its work on Iraq where it has funded projects worth 36 million euro ($44 million) since 2014. 

After the Colosseum event, it made a further 5 million euro ($6.1 million) available for the Niniveh Reconstruction Committee in the Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

The aim, he said, is “to bring Christianity back to the places where it was born” and to those areas “where governments and the UN do not go.” 


National Catholic Register 

Finland Doctor Proves Benefits Of Praying The Rosary…’Healthier Heart Muscle, Good For The Body’.

Finland Doctor Proves Benefits Of Praying The Rosary…’Healthier Heart Muscle, Good For The Body’.

Science proves benefits of praying the rosary … for the body!

And who confirms this fact is a doctor of the University of Helsinki, Finland, one of the most developed countries of the world.
More balanced breathing, less pressure, less free radicals in the blood, healthier heart muscle … Is it a remedy that does all this? Yes: prayer.
Praying the rosary in particular brings benefits not only to the soul of those who recite it (as if it were little!), But also to the general equilibrium of the body .
And who confirms this fact is not Fr José from the small village church or Mrs. Ursulina from the mass of the six, but Dr. Luciano Bernardi from the University of Helsinki , Finland – one of the most developed countries in the world and always highlighted by the quality of their educational institutions.
He especially emphasizes that the Holy Rosary, especially when recited in Latin (!), Promotes special benefits to the heart muscle. He further says that to calm the breath and anxiety, the effects of the rosary are better than those of the Buddhist mantras, which often become fashionable with relative frequency.
This is not the first time science has recognized the physical benefits of prayer. 
Pray your Rosary daily.

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