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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for December 16, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Standing with laborers and emergency workers Oct. 4, 2001, a priest blesses a 20-foot tall cross of steel beams that had been recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York. The Knights of Columbus Heroes Fund was established on the day following the Sept. 11 attacks. (CNS photo from Reuters)

Again we continue with our review of some of the more significant KofC events and accomplishments which have occurred since the turn of the century.

2008: On March 16, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI approves a decree of heroic virtue for Father Michael J. McGivney, declaring him “Venerable.”

2008: The Order is present throughout Pope Benedict XVI’s pastoral visit to the United States.  A K of C-commissioned plaque commemorates the pope’s Mass at Yankee Stadium.  It accompanies two similar plaques, which commemorate Masses that Pope John Paul II and Pope Paul VI celebrated there.

2008: McGivney Hall, the new home of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America, is dedicated Sept. 8.

2009: The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative launches Jan. 22, 2009.  To date, more than 250 ultrasound machines have been purchased for pro-life pregnancy centers using matching funds from the Order’s Culture of Life Fund, established in 2008.

2009: The Order hosts a “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” summit on volunteerism in New York and designates 2009 as the Year of the Volunteer.  The Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program launches; to date, the initiative has provided more than 45,000 winter coats to children throughout the United States and Canada.

2009: Giovanni Alemanno, the mayor of Rome, presents Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson with “Lupa Capitolina” award for the Order’s 90 years of service to the Eternal City.  The following year, the city hosts an exhibit about the 90-year relationship at the Capitoline Museum.

2009: Following the 127th Supreme Convention in Phoenix, the Order hosts the first International Marian Congress and Guadalupe Festival, gathering about 20,000 participants.

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Links Related to this week’s column:

    By Knights of Columbus (2018)

    • On May 21, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized 25 martyrs of Mexico, including six members of the Knights of Columbus. Less than one year later, Carl A. Anderson was installed as the 13th supreme knight in Mexico City and dedicated the Order and his administration to Mary under her title Our Lady of Guadalupe.


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