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News for Knights of Columbus
VOLUME 40 │ NUMBER 12 │ MARCH 23, 2022
On March 17, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly called on Knights worldwide to join in a nine-day campaign of prayer concluding March 25, the solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and the day when Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The novena, initiated by Catholics in Ukraine, is one of many initiatives undertaken by the Order to support those affected by the war.
Knights prepare to lead a procession outside the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Lviv on March 17, during a ceremony to welcome a pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima from Portugal. The statue will be available for veneration at the church until April 15. (Photo by Aleksander Savranskij, Courtesy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church)‘Prayer Has Won Wars’ The Order’s participation in the novena for the consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is part of a continuing effort to pray for peace. In a letter to grand knights Order wide March 7, Supreme Knight Kelly wrote, “While the benefits of our prayers may not be as tangible as dollars spent on food or medicine, we trust that their effects are even more important.”
A larger Knights of Columbus Mercy Center, constructed to meet growing needs at the Hrebenne border crossing, welcomes refugees after opening March 15. (Photo by Sebastian Nycz)Welcoming Refugees at the BorderKnights are welcoming Ukrainian refugees at the Order’s newly expanded mercy center in Hrebenne, Poland, where displaced people find food, warmth and rest. On March 17, the Order collaborated with the U.S.-based Goya Foods to distribute food and rosaries at the center. 
Ukrainian Knights unload humanitarian aid at the seminary of the Archdiocese of Lviv on March 8. (Photo by Tamino Petelinšek)Knights Deliver Aid to UkraineAssisted closely by councils in neighboring Poland and supported financially and spiritually by brother Knights around the world, Ukrainian Knights have provided humanitarian aid to their countrymen in need since the beginning of the war. At the Archdiocese of Lviv Seminary and pastoral center, Knights are working with the archdiocese and Caritas Ukraine to help provide essential goods to displaced families. WATCH VIDEO
‘A Celebration of Life’Central Florida Laps for Life, an annual event organized by Florida Knights, recently held its ninth annual fundraiser to support pro-life pregnancy centers in the area. WATCH VIDEOSince 2002, Knights have been encouraged to pray, fast and witness to the sanctity of life on the Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child — observed each year on March 25.
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