Cleveland Bishop Leads Memorial Mass for JFK

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CLEVELAND -- On the day President John F. Kennedy died, many Clevelanders turned to their faith. Just as they did 50 years ago, today it seemed only fitting to pause and remember the president.

Bishop Richard Lennon led a special mass of remembrance at St. John Cathedral in Downtown Cleveland on Friday.

"I think anyone who was alive and old enough to know anything about it when he died is marked by it forever. It just seemed fitting to remember," Mary Lynn Morek of Mentor said.

The faithful prayed for the repose of the soul of our 35th president, that he may have eternal life.

"I wanted to come downtown and attend mass and remember President Kennedy. I was in high school when he was assassinated and we had such hope and promise for our country at that time," Janice Bubnick of Cleveland said.

They also remembered that JFK was the first Roman Catholic to be elected president.

"We were very proud that an Irish Catholic, me being Irish also, won the presidency. We were just overjoyed," Charles Darrah, an usher at St. John Cathedral said.

But, others say it was not about President Kennedy's religion. It was the President's vision that mattered.

"He wanted to improve our country and be president of our great nation and carry on for us, for the world to be a great nation. It wasn't about religion. He was a politician and a good man," Bubnick added.

A similar public remembrance mass was held at St. John Cathedral on the 25th anniversary of President Kennedy's death in 1988.

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