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News for Knights of Columbus
VOLUME 41 │ NUMBER 1 │ JAN. 2, 2023
Knights of Columbus Orderwide join the faithful around the world in mourning the Dec. 31 death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, reflecting on his legacy and praying for the repose of his soul. Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly expressed gratitude for the late pope’s teachings and spiritual leadership: “His first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, remains a guiding light for the world — and for the Knights of Columbus specifically, since one of our founding principles is charity, and our global charitable work is at the heart of our activity as Knights.”
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the crowd during a rally for seminarians and young people at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y., April 19, 2008. 
Order Mourns the Death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVIIn his statement on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s death, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly calls the late pontiff’s teachings “a theological treasury and profound testimony to Jesus Christ and His Church.” READ MORE
Knights Deliver Warmth in BostonJust before Christmas this year, Massachusetts Knights organized a Coats for Kids event at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross, giving away more than 1,000 coats to children.
“The Coats for Kids initiative of the Knights of Columbus is a wonderful opportunity to help a lot of families who are going through a difficult period,” said Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston. “In the Church, we have nothing to compare to the Knights of Columbus that brings so many families to the Church and gives them a sense of community.” For more information about the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program, visit kofc.org/coatsWATCH NOW
 A Bed of One’s OwnOn the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North and South Dakota, more than 40% of residents live in poverty. In September 2022, Knights from nine North Dakota councils came together to make and outfit 50 beds for families on the reservation. The initiative, which they called “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” was just the latest among a growing number of innovative K of C projects to engage with and assist Indigenous communities since the Order launched its Native Solidarity Initiative in 2019.

“There are so many needs on the reservation and we won’t solve them all, but we can do something,” said John Berger, grand knight of Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Council 6540 in Bismarck. “Our project was very concrete: to provide a bed for a child who needs one.”  WATCH NOW | READ MORE
 Mary’s Discipleship and OursAs the new year begins with the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, we are reminded of our own calling to Christian discipleship. Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, in this past Columbia column, notes: “Our Blessed Mother seeks, above all, to instill in us essential characteristics of the Christian life, characteristics that she embodies and exemplifies — namely, openness to God’s love, faithful discipleship and spiritual fruitfulness.” READ MORE
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