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Archbishop Hannan publishes memoirs, regrets not reaching out to Jackie Kennedy

June 14, 2010

The 97-year-old retired New Orleans archbishop who offered the Requiem Mass for President John F. Kennedy has published his memoirs, including in them a copy of a handwritten letter from the president’s widow written a month after his assassination. “One of the greatest regrets of my priesthood,” Archbishop Philip Hannan writes, is that he did not regularly reach out to Jackie Kennedy in the ensuing months.

Ordained Auxilary Bishop of Washington in 1956, Archbishop Hannan served as New Orleans archbishop from 1965 until his retirement in 1989.


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