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Charity and Gospel of the Family

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Charity and Gospel of the Family

Pope Francis has expressed his gratitude to
the Knights of Columbus for their “€œcommitment to proclaiming the Gospel of the
family”€ and for their support of Christians in the Middle East “€œwho endure prejudice and persecution for their faith”€. The Pope”€™s comments were expressed in a message signed on his behalf by Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolinnand addressed to Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, on the occasion of the Order”€™s 136th annual convention held in Baltimore on 7-9 August.

The Holy Father recalled the fundamental
charism of the “€œinseparable bond of faith and charity that led”€ the first knights to work together for a fraternal society through Christian formation and mutual support. That reality still exists now, he pointed out, as he called on the entire Church to take the “€œresponsibility to be guardians of one another
and to live concretely the faith which expresses itself through love”€. Citing his recent Apostolic Exhortation on the call to sanctity, the Pope recommended following the example of “€œthe great saints whose imitation of Christ continues to inspire us, daily united faith,
prayer and practical charity”€.

Pope Francis, the message continued, “€œencourages the persevering efforts of the Knights of Columbus, at every level, to bear witness to the love of god through concrete love and solidarity for the poor and those
in any need”€. On the eve of the World
Meeting of Families in Ireland, he thanked the Knights of Columbus for their “€œinnumerable acts of charity undertaken often in quiet and unassuming ways”€ and for “€œencouraging men in their vocations as Catholic husbands and fathers and defending the authentic nature of marriage and the family within society”€.

The Pope expressed his confidence that the
Order would continue “€œto provide guidance and support above all to new generations of young men who in a world filled with lights contrary to the Gospel, seek to remain faithful disciples of Christ and loyal sons of the


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