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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) For September 8, 2019

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Vice President Pence greets Supreme Knight Anderson.
Prior to the signing, Vice President Pence greets Supreme Knight Anderson along with Archbishop Warda, Congressman Smith and Ambassador Gingrich.

During the recent Knights of Columbus' 137th Supreme Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota the   Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke to fellow members and highlighted the achievements from the past fraternal year and announced new initiatives for the Order.  Again, the following three issues were additional parts of that presentation by the Supreme Knight.  Note, there are a number of links - containing additional information - attached to the each of the paragraphs describing the issues.  See the final paragraph for information on how to find the text link and a video link.

KNIGHTS RELEASE IMPORTANT VIDEO TO HELP FAMILIES PROTECT CHILDREN

“'The video recounts the story of a Knights of Columbus family whose son was victimized by sexual abuse and how this courageous brother Knight and his wife responded.  Their story is shocking, but it is also inspiring and empowering.'

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

'We must always remember the tremendous efforts and courage required to overcome the bigoted contention that Catholic faith made a citizen 'unfit' for public office. … In other words, Catholics need not apply.'

'If we cannot participate in public life because of our core beliefs, then surely it will be our nation that is the loser.'

Read more:

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
'When I met with Pope Francis earlier this year about this crisis, he told me that ‘the Middle East without Christians is not the Middle East’ and he strongly encouraged us to continue our work. Our efforts:

          • Since 2014, we have committed more than $25 million.
          • Knights also played a pivotal role in the unanimous passageof the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act.
          • The Order entered into a historicMemorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
          • The Supreme Knight addressedthe State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.'"

Additional links to information/articles can be found - about the Supreme Knight's presentation and the issues itemized above - in the KofC.org web site or at www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

Links Related to this week’s column:

SUPREME KNIGHT DELIVERS ANNUAL REPORT
CARL ANDERSON, CEO AND SUPREME KNIGHT OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, ANNOUNCES NEW INITIATIVES AND SHOWCASES HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST FRATERNAL YEAR
By Rose Wagner and Andrew Fowler (7/2019)
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke to fellow members of the Knights of Columbus at the Order’s 137th Supreme Convention. In his speech during the business session, Supreme Knight Anderson highlighted the achievements from the past fraternal year and announced new initiatives for the Order.

The theme of his speech was “Knights of Unity.”

Click here for the article.
Judicial nominee faces Senate scrutiny over Knights of Columbus membership
CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY
By Ed Condon (Washington D.C., Dec 21, 2018 / 02:00 pm)
A judicial nominee faced questions from Senators this month about whether membership in the Knights of Columbus might impede his ability to judge federal cases fairly. The Knights of Columbus say that no candidate for public office should have to defend his membership in a Catholic service organization.

Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) raised concerns about membership in the Knights of Columbus while the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewed the candidacy of Brian C. Buescher, an Omaha-based lawyer nominated by President Trump to sit on the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska..........

Click here for the article.
A LIFELINE FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
K of C Article
By Knights of Columbus (12/10/2018)
As Islamic State militants swept across northern Iraq and Syria in the summer of 2014, the future of Christianity in the Middle East hung in the balance. ISIS systematically targeted Christians and other religious minorities for genocide, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands more fleeing for their lives.....
Click here for the article.
‘AGAINST THE FORCES OF PREJUDICE’
MORE VOICES COME TO THE DEFENSE OF THE KNIGHTS AND SPEAK OUT AGAINST RELIGIOUS TESTS FOR FEDERAL OFFICE
By Columbia Magazine Staff  (3/1/2019)
In a Jan. 1 letter, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson reminded members that the Order has stood against religious prejudice throughout its history. “From our founding,” he wrote, “we have embodied the truth that a good Catholic is a good citizen who shows civility and dignity even in the face of discrimination.”
Click here for the article.
SIGNING OF A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN USAID AND KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
PRESS RELEASE
By USAID Office of Press Relations (Friday, October 12, 2018)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Knights of Columbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding Thursday that will facilitate partnerships to help communities in the Middle East recover from genocide and persecution. The partnership between USAID and the Knights of Columbus is a cornerstone of the Vice President's commitment to helping communities recover in the wake of the genocidal campaign waged by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria...
Click here for the article.
SUSTAINING HOPE IN IRAQ
VIOLENCE AT THE HANDS OF ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS MAY HAVE SUBSIDED, BUT OUR SUPPORT OF SUFFERING CHRISTIANS REMAINS CRUCIAL
By Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson (4/1/2019)
WITHOUT THE KNIGHTS of Columbus, our Christian community would not have survived.” This is what I heard time and again as I visited Iraq in March, meeting with survivors of genocide, refugees, medical personnel, educators and bishops, as well as U.S. and Kurdish government officials.

I came to Iraq at the invitation of the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil, Bashar Warda — a member of the Order and a good friend....

Click here for the article.
SUPREME KNIGHT SPEAKS AT MINISTERIAL ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
KARL ANDERSON TO RELIGIOUS AND CIVIC LEADERS FROM 106 NATIONS: ‘WORLD IS WATCHING,’
By Knights of Columbus (7/19/2019)
Minority religious communities may be left with little hope of surviving if Iraq and other Middle East governments do not check the aggression of paramilitary forces, said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson at this week’s US Department of State Ministerial on Religious Freedom....
Click here for the article.
PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS LEGISLATION CHAMPIONED BY THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
PRESS RELEASE
By Andrew Fowler (12/11/2018)
President Donald Trump signed legislation that will provide humanitarian relief for victims of genocide in Iraq and Syria, while holding ISIS perpetrators accountable, culminating years of advocacy, testimony before Congress and support from the Knights of Columbus....
Click here for the article.

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