Century Marks

Faith in the media: Tim Russert, moderator of Meet the Press, never forgot or forsook his Catholic upbringing in a working-class neighborhood in south Buffalo. Russert, who died of a heart attack last month, served as an altar boy, and he received a Catholic education from elementary school through college. Newsweek editor Jon Meacham reports that Russert implored him to appear on his weekend cable show alongside Christopher Hitchens, who had just published a blistering attack on religion. Russert, knowing Meacham was an Episcopalian, wanted him to come on the show and defend the faith. Shortly before his death Russert sent Senator Ted Kennedy, who has brain cancer, a rosary blessed by Pope Benedict XVI, with a note saying that he was praying for him (Newsweek, June 23).


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