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Shriver remembered by family, nation

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) - The grandchildren of Peace Corps founder R. Sargent Shriver are remembering him for his passion for helping others and his loving hugs.

One by one, Shriver's grandchildren read short remembrances about their grandfather at a funeral Mass on Saturday in Maryland. One child remembered her grandfather's hugs, while another young men spoke of the love of baseball he shared with Shriver.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington delivered the homily, telling Shriver's grandchildren to live with the same courage and fortitude as their grandparents. Wuerl urged the grandchildren to "rejoice in the heritage he has given to you."

Meanwhile, Shriver's children are encouraging mourners not to see the world as broken and jaded, but to see it as he did as filled with potential. Tim Shriver said his father never coddled his children and encouraged them to pursue big ideas.

Maria Shriver also spoke, saying her family took comfort in "knowing that Daddy is in heaven with God and Mummy," referring to her mother, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Shriver, known as "Sarge," died Tuesday at age 95.

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