Want to buy JFK’s Rosary beads?

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The reverse side of the crucifix on John F. Kennedy's Rosary, which will be up for auction this month, shortly before the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

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The reverse side of the crucifix on John F. Kennedy's Rosary, which will be up for auction this month, shortly before the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

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They're coming up for auction just ahead of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination. So is this ghoulish? Or simply buying a first-class relic?

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  • Bev Bingle

    I may be mistaken, but I thought a “first-class relic” referred to part of the person’s body, and that JFK’s rosary would be a “second-class relic,” something that touched his body during his lifetime. Anyone know for sure?

  • David Gibson

    Beverly, yes, you have the distinction exactly correct I think. DG

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  • Deborah Ketcham

    “Relic” applies to a Saint. JFK was no Saint but Padre Pio said he was in Heaven. And there is no Catholic custom of “three wishes”. That is when you rub a genie’s lamp. Three prayers at entering a Catholic Church the very first time you visit is sometimes said, but is sort of superstitious rather than truly religious and has no Catholic teaching behind it.

  • gilhcan

    Sounds like we’re selling relics and indulgences again. If it’s relics you’re after, make sure they’re genuine. Of course, that’s hardly possible. “Stealing Heaven” was a great movie in which the bishop uncle of Peter Abelard’s lover is unexpectedly caught “creating” relics out of chicken bones for later sale.

  • gilhcan

    I have a question for David Gibson. What happened to the reporter who used to write for the RNS, an Italian fellow whose first name was Alessandro? I have forgotten his surname because he’s been missing so long. He did good work.


  • David Gibson

    gilhcan: Alas, Alessandro Speciale got hired away by Bloomberg — he’s based in Germany now, where the pasta is not as good as in Rome, I’m sure.

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