Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Nation Mourns Death of 41st President, George H.W. Bush

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Nation Mourns Death of 41st President, George H.W. Bush

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WASHINGTON - When he was running for re-election in 1992, President George H.W. Bush told Catholic News Service that he believed that a strong religious faith could provide "an extra shot of strength when you need it."

"I don't believe you can be president without having faith. I really strongly feel that," he said.

That religious faith that sustained him and his family and was clearly evident during his years in the White House--and more recently as he mourned the April 17 death of his beloved wife of 73 years, Barbara--is being noted by many in paying tribute to his life and legacy He died late Nov. 30 at age 94 at his home in Houston.

Catholic leaders, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined in "grieving the loss of one of our nation's leaders."

"We remember with gratitude this great man who spent his life selflessly in service of his country," Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Dec. 3. "With an unwavering commitment to building bridges of peace and ensuring our nation's freedoms, he also inspired many as a devoted husband, father and family patriarch."

Bush had been criticized by faith leaders and peace activists, including St. John Paul II, for his decision to go to war in the Persian Gulf after Iraq's then-President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. …

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