Funeral held for late Supreme Court justice Scalia

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WASHINGTON — The Rev. Paul Scalia is remembering his father on Saturday, Antonin Scalia, as a man who loved God, country and family.

Scalia’s son has delivered the homily at a funeral mass for the late Supreme Court justice, who died last week.

The funeral is being held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

In highly personal remarks, the younger Scalia has recalled his father’s devotion to God and country. But he has said that most important to him and his eight siblings was the love his father showed them.

Dignitaries including Vice President Joe Biden, former Vice President Dick Cheney and all eight sitting justices of the Supreme Court are attending.

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was also seen among the mourners. The Texas senator interrupted his campaign ahead of Saturday’s South Carolina primary to attend the funeral Mass. Cruz served as a law clerk to former Chief Justice William Rehnquist in the 1996 term.

Scalia died of natural causes while on a hunting trip in Texas. He was 79.

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