Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus updates honor guard’s look

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When Carl Anderson read his lengthy annual report Aug. 1 at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention, a small blurb — wedged between mentions of membership growth, a visit to South Korea, investment returns and future projects — generated considerable buzz.

It seemed almost a mention in passing: After 77 years, the distinct tuxedos, capes and chapeaus of the Fourth Degree Honor Guard will be retired. Blazers, ties and berets will take their place. "The Board of Directors has decided that the time is right for a modernization of the Fourth Degree uniform," Anderson said.

Volunteers get a kick out of helping Special Olympics

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Brennen Pickens arrived at the Ursuline Academy softball field unsure about playing in the kickball game. He considered watching from the sidelines.

With the guidance of Ursuline alumnae Paige Salthouse and other volunteers, he soon was at the plate kicking the ball and running to first base to loud cheers. Later, after he ran to third, Salthouse praised the 7-year-old. "Good job. You're fast," she said.

Brennen's enthusiasm at the game Aug. 4 was encouraged by the volunteers with Special Olympics Missouri who organized the game.

Bring a Christian town back to life

The Knights of Columbus has pledged $2 million to rebuild Karamdes, Iraq, where this church was destroyed.

In a letter to Christians in the Middle East in 2014, Pope Francis wrote of a "newer and disturbing terrorist organization, of previously unimaginable dimensions, which has perpetrated all kinds of abuses and inhuman acts. It has particularly affected a number of you, who have been brutally driven out of your native lands, where Christians have been present since apostolic times."

Knights of Columbus shine light with ‘good deeds’

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"Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."

Matthew 5:16

U.S. Catholics urged to pray novena ahead of election

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Knights of Columbus is urging its members and other U.S. Catholics to pray a novena from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7, the eve of Election Day.

"The Church teaches that Catholics are called to form their consciences based on Church teaching and vote in accordance with that well-formed conscience," stated Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, CEO of the international fraternal organization based in New Haven.

Mideast church leaders: Western government aid does not reach minorities

Displaced people who fled Islamic State violence, receive aid on the outskirts of Shirqat, south of Mosul, Iraq. Most Western humanitarian aid is failing to reach the thousands of Christians who have fled their homes as Islamic State fighters have swept through Iraq and Syria, three Middle Eastern bishops said at the 134th Knights of Columbus convention in Toronto.

TORONTO — Most Western humanitarian aid is failing to reach the thousands of Christians who have fled their homes as Islamic State fighters have swept through Iraq and Syria, three Middle Eastern bishops said at the 134th Knights of Columbus convention in Toronto.

"It's time for election (in the United States) and also it is time to rethink American policy in the Middle East," said Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. "Call on the government to direct the help directly to the people affected."

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