Sen. Kennedy sent a letter to the Pope a few months before his death. "I know that I've been an imperfect human being," he wrote. "But with the help of my faith, I have tried to right my path."
Ted says his father's faith was a guiding principle in his life. "[That] comes out in the book, because he didn't really talk about his religion or his faith. But it is what sustained him," he says. "If you read the letter [to the Pope], you'll see the humility and faith that my father really had."
Vicki says Sen. Kennedy's was a case of actions speaking louder than words. "He didn't talk about [faith] in a preachy way," she says. "But he lived it, demonstrated it."
Sen. Kennedy's legacy is one that will be remembered for a long time, Ted says. "I teach my children that they have a lot to be proud of, but it doesn't mean that the Kennedys are any better or any less than anybody else. My father was certainly a great guy and an incredible human being, but it was what he stood for and what my uncle stood for that is the reason we're still talking about them today," Ted says. "Those things will endure forever."