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(NECN: Hyannis, Mass.) - The funeral service for Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, was held on Friday at St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis, Massachusetts before around 950 invited guests. Father Richard N. Fragomeni delivered the Homily at the funeral Mass. The Gospel selection was <em>Matthew 5:1-12</em>: <blockquote>When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, 4 for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 7 for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, 9 for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me." Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.</blockquote> Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the sister of former President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). She died earlier this week at the age of 88.