PRESIDENT OF PEACE—President Kennedy’s funeral may well have been in many aspects the most elaborate and impressive farewell a modern ruler has ever received, yet its key elements—the union of religious solemnity and military display—have been familiar for centuries. But something new was added this time: the reading of a part of his Inaugural Address, … which above all made clear his desire—which he realized—to be a President of Peace, and not a President of War.—The New York Times.

PRACTICING CHRISTIAN—John F. Kennedy was a sincere and practicing Christian and none of his predecessors was more eager to be President of all the people, regardless of religious ties. Reared in a Catholic home and a Catholic community, he probably was not aware of the extent of religious rivalry that sometimes affects political life until his responsibilities encompassed the whole nation.—Hon. BROOKS HAYS, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and special assistant to President Kennedy.

BARBAROUS ACT—Whatever the motive that fired the assassin’s bullet that killed President Kennedy, it was an act of insane barbarity. We bow in shame and sorrow that this deed could be done among us.—FREDRIK A. SCHIOTZ, president, The American Lutheran Church and the Lutheran World Federation.

RENEWED DEDICATION—[Methodists have] a renewed dedication to the ideals of universal peace, brotherhood, human welfare, justice and national integrity for which [President Kennedy] lived and worked so well.—The Methodist Board of Christian Social Concerns.

DELIGHTFULLY AMERICAN—Everything about him was so delightfully American. [He brought] a veritable breath of fresh air into areas of human life too often a setting for the stuffy, the amateur, and the inexpert. ...

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