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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)

We move to the more recent years in the review of some of the more significant K of C events and accomplishments which have occurred since the turn of the century.

2016: Knights from the Philippines came together during the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City, Visayas, Jan. 24-31. The Supreme Council was a major sponsor of the congress, providing funding for the satellite uplink that broadcast the proceedings worldwide and other media materials.

2016: During Pope Francis’ first visit to Mexico, Feb. 12-17, Knights served as volunteers at various papal events. Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, Mexican state deputies and local council leaders attended the papal Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, home of the miraculous image of Our Lady imprinted on St. Juan Diego’s tilma.

2016: The Knights of Columbus applauded the U.S. State Department’s March 17 declaration that Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East face genocide at the hands of ISIS. The Knights was credited for its effort in pressing for this declaration, particularly through the: preparation of a 300-page reportcontaining information regarding the dangerous, genocidal conditions in the Middle East.

2016: On April 2, vigil for the feast of the Divine Mercy and 11th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s death, the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors joined Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore for the dedication of the altar in the Luminous Mysteries Chapel of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.

2016: Supreme Knight Carl Anderson addressed the United Nations on April 28 as part of a panel discussion focusing on human rights abuses and the persecution of religious minorities in the Middle East and throughout the world.

2016: July 26-31, with the help of partnering organizations, the Knights of Columbus sponsored the international site for English-speaking pilgrims attending World Youth Day 2016 in Kraków, Poland. The Knights’ site, the Mercy Centre at the Tauron Arena Kraków, welcomed more than 100,000 young pilgrims over six days, making it the location of the largest WYD gatherings outside the main papal eventss.

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Links Related to this week’s column:

  • THE NEW MILLENNIUM: 2000 AND ONWARDS
    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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