Obama Brings Pope Letter From Ailing Kennedy
President asks Benedict to pray for ill senator
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2009 5:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama delivered a letter from Ted Kennedy to Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican today, CNN reports. Obama met with the pontiff for about a half hour before leaving Rome for Ghana. The contents of Kennedy’s letter were personal, an Obama aide said, and “not known to anyone I know of except Senator Kennedy."

Obama “asked that the Holy Father pray for Sen. Kennedy, who as we all know is ill, and whose brother obviously broke an important barrier in our country by being the first Catholic president," deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough said.