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Scalia remembered for love of God, country, family

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 2:00 AM
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WASHINGTON (AP):

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was remembered yesterday as a man who loved God, country and family at a funeral Mass capping two days of mourning for a jurist who left a long and sometimes controversial legacy on the US.

Scalia's son, Paul - a Catholic priest - led the service and mixed humour and reverence for the conservative icon and father of nine who died unexpectedly last weekend.

"Sure, he forgot our names at times or mixed them up, but there are nine of us," Scalia told thousands of mourners at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

"He loved us and sought to show that love and sought to share the blessing of the faith he treasured," Scalia said.

He recalled how his father reacted once after accidentally standing in his son's confessional line. The justice said: "'Like heck if I'm confessing to you.'" Paul Scalia joked that "the Roman collar was not a shield against his criticism."

US Vice-president Joe Biden, former Vice-president Dick Cheney, members of Congress and all eight sitting justices of the Supreme Court were among those attending. Four of the five Catholic justices took Communion.

Several federal judges who are considered possible replacements for Scalia also attended the funeral Mass, including Judges Sri Srinivasan and Patricia Millett and Chief Judge Merrick Garland, all of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.