CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush said yesterday that attending Pope John Paul II's emotional funeral strengthened his belief in Christianity, a living God, and in how religious faith is a lifelong journey, not a respite.
''I knew the ceremony today would be majestic but I didn't realize how moved I would be by the service itself," said Bush, a Protestant who attends a Methodist church.
''Today's ceremony, I bet you, for millions of people, was a reaffirmation . . . and a way to make sure doubts don't seep into your soul."
The president, discussing his faith in greater detail than usual, said: ''There is no doubt in my mind there is living God. And no doubt in my mind that Lord, Christ, was sent by the Almighty. No doubt in my mind about that."