July 10th, 2009
02:56 PM ET
5 years ago

President gives pope personal letter from Kennedy

(CNN) - President Obama presented Pope Benedict XVI a letter from Sen. Edward Kennedy during their meeting at the Vatican Friday, and asked the Pontiff to pray for the senator, who is being treated for brain cancer.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters the president called the Massachusetts Democrat after the meeting. Gibbs said the two spoke for about 10 minutes as Air Force One left Rome heading for Ghana, "telling him he had delivered the letter on his behalf to the Pope."

The letter was described as personal. According to Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough, "the contents of the letter were not known to anyone I know of except Senator Kennedy."

McDonough said Obama and the Pope discussed Kennedy at the end of their half-hour discussion. He told reporters the president "asked that the Holy Father pray for ...Sen. Kennedy, who as we all know is ill, and whose brother obviously broke an important barrier in our country by being the first Catholic president," according to a transcript released by the White House.

The 77-year-old Kennedy was diagnosed with the brain tumor after suffering seizures in May 2008.


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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. makesUwonder

    Sure would have been nice if Obama had given the Pope letters from us and ask the Pope to pray for all of us. With Obama in office destroying this country day in and day out we sure need all the prayers we can get.

    July 10, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Confession, Teddy?

    Actions speak louder than words.

    July 10, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. TCM

    I think the Pope sees the lack of Christian values from the liberals dismantling this country, and would pray for Kennedy out of his faith; however, I believe he's praying harder for the true Americans that are under the oppression of the incompetent Obama administration, that this current administration fails.

    July 10, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. to tcm,southern cousins and phoenix 86 and fair is fair

    what happened to your notre dame protests,dont ave any left over to go to rome.?clownsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    July 10, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. al from palm springs

    this is to " make U wonder" pull your head out of your butt and pray for yourself and stop being so self rightous when it was another administration that got us in to this mess

    July 10, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Husman

    Bush and his gang of idiots blinded by hatred destroyed this country, not the efforts that Barack is putting in since inauguration.and i hope the money ,human and financial resources wasted in Iraq will be used to fix the rot that is todays America.

    July 10, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. tedious898

    makesUwonder July 10th, 2009 3:05 pm ET

    Sure would have been nice if Obama had given the Pope letters from us and ask the Pope to pray for all of us. With Obama in office destroying this country day in and day out we sure need all the prayers we can get

    ------------–

    HA.....so tell me what would have been the GOP's ideas about fixing the mess left by the last 8 years of failure? Do it all over again? Please .....you can't be as dumb as you sound. But then again you're probably a rethuglican that has lost your way over to the Faux'd News website. Move along now....nothing here but adults

    July 10, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. REPUBLICANS=EXTREMISTS

    God bless Ted kennedy.

    July 10, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. tedious898

    TCM July 10th, 2009 3:17 pm ET

    I think the Pope sees the lack of Christian values from the liberals dismantling this country, and would pray for Kennedy out of his faith; however, I believe he's praying harder for the true Americans that are under the oppression of the incompetent Obama administration, that this current administration fails.

    ====================

    Lack of Christian values? You mean the one's shown by Ensign, Sanford, Newt ?

    Yeah.....we should keep the GOP in power for those wonderful Christian values to be shining example of our country. I happen to be a Christian but certainly don't recognize it in your party. Please explain what you're reading from ? King James version or "The Married Bachelor escapeds.

    Because doing the nasty with one's mistress I haven't been able to find as a virtue listed in any of the chapters I've read.

    July 10, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. jm

    I wonder if Teddy prays for Mary Jo.

    July 10, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    to tcm,southern cousins and phoenix 86 and fair is fair July 10th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

    what happened to your notre dame protests,dont ave any left over to go to rome.?clownsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
    ________________

    Not a catholic, bubba. I could give a rats you-know-what about notre dame.

    July 10, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. kyle from ohio

    TCM July 10th, 2009 3:17 pm ET

    And again a True American, speaking and this true America in which you speak of dated from 1861 and before? Jim Crow, KKK, no rights for Women or people of color just great. thanks but no thanks, i'll just be a American with the dream of one nation under God etc......

    July 10, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Chris

    @makesUwonder
    "...Obama in office destroying this country ...."

    Give Rush back his pills!!!!

    July 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Neutralizer

    Ted Kennedy son of the BOOTLEGGER, womanizer!

    Hey CNN Why can you not post Obambi took Robinson family on this trip to Europe. The American TAXPAYERS wanted to be refunded for expenses!

    July 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Wanderer

    What Pope’s prayers are going to do for Senator Kennedy? I am curious, though. If his prayers can help the Senator, then I am asking if he can do it for all of us when we have health conditions. When Pope’s time comes, who is going to pray for him?

    Best wish to Senator Kennedy.

    July 10, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. tedious898

    Fair is Fake....makes U Blunder....and TCMutthead

    = Lost fools trying to find Rush and Vanity.

    Guess what people ? The CNN site is for people that actually think everyday. U people need to go to "Right Wing" class and get some new material....not that anyone cares....or that it makes sense. I just hope you can freshen up that sorry diatribe you guys post.

    Oh that's right "Party of NO...ideas". Well do the best you can

    July 10, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Kevin B

    TCM and makeuswonder seem to be so willfully misinformed and hateful that they must live miserabe lives, probaly spending thier weekends kicking pets and and complaining about how some minority or other person took advantage of them in the past.

    However, I respect thier opinions, because it take a lot of effort to be that stupid........

    July 10, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    tedious898 –

    Good name – it's pretty tedious to read the pablum that you barf here.

    Put away your crayons, now. Mommy says your PB&J sammich is ready.

    July 10, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Kevin from MN

    Honestly, what is with all the Republicans going insane over the Obama family traveling with him on this Europe trip "ON THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLAR". Its not Obama called up his AAA travel agent and booked 3 extra tickets! Its a couple of extra seats on Air Force 1, which was already heading overseas as it is, and the family stays with him. Why wasn't there so much outrage in the past when the first family would travel overseas or go to Camp David?!?!?! How much do you think it costs the government to staff and guard that little get-away?

    July 10, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. johnnie

    the comments coming from the(gop) crowd are so racist and just dumb, thats why you lost morons...............cnn is destroying itself. i dare these clowns to talk about the pope and president with no shame. and cnn, promotes that rite nut party. they are stupid, like cnn is.

    July 10, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Kelly

    I also hope Obama as the Pope to pray for the family of Mary Jo Kopechne.

    July 10, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Everyone is sooo funny on these postings. This is such a non-issue. Who cares what the Pope does or doesn't pray about. As a Christian I believe that Jesus Christ himself is my High Priest who intercedes on my behalf to God. remember "When you pray whatsoever you ask in my name(Jesus) it shall be done (answered)."

    July 10, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. smegmabreath

    I'm sure if the Pope says a prayer, Kennedy will be cured.

    July 10, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. jon

    No doubt asking to be absolved from his 70 years of sins and murder!

    July 10, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Neutralizer

    Kevin from MN July 10th, 2009 3:54 pm ET

    Honestly, what is with all the Republicans going insane over the Obama family traveling with him on this Europe trip "ON THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLAR". Its not Obama called up his AAA travel agent and booked 3 extra tickets! Its a couple of extra seats on Air Force 1, which was already heading overseas as it is, and the family stays with him. Why wasn't there so much outrage in the past when the first family would travel overseas or go to Camp David?!?!?! How much do you think it costs the government to staff and guard that little get-away?

    =====

    They have to use TWO AIRCRAFT! Airforce One for Obambi, the other aircraft for his relatives flying in Europe, from his mother-in-law to other family members. That's the problem with Democraps you can't see crap even if it hits your eyes.

    July 10, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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