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News for Knights of Columbus
VOLUME 41 │ NUMBER 2 │ JAN. 9, 2023
As Knights mourn the recent death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI we also celebrate his life and give thanks for his many contributions to the Church. With prayer, example and words of encouragement, Pope Benedict was a faithful friend to Knights on earth. Now, in the communion of saints, we pray that he is a friend in heaven as well. 
Remembering Pope Emeritus Benedict XVIThe Knights of Columbus remembers Pope Benedict XVI with gratitude. The Order was privileged to support his pontificate in numerous ways, and he played an important role in the canonization cause of the Knights’ founder, Father Michael McGivney, whom he declared Venerable in 2008. Here we look back on his papacy and highlight some important moments in his relationship with the Knights of Columbus. WATCH NOW | READ MORE
Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori and Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly kneel in prayer before the body of Pope Benedict XVI, which lay in state in St. Peter’s Basilica Jan. 3. (
‘Saying Goodbye to a Man of the Church’Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly and Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, joined by other Supreme Officers, traveled to Rome last week to honor and pray for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whose requiem Mass was celebrated at the Vatican on Jan. 5. READ MORE
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, dean of the College of Cardinals, incenses the simple wooden coffin of Pope Benedict XVI at the conclusion of the requiem Mass. 
‘Sincerely yours in Christ, Benedictus XVI’

Pope Benedict XVI addressed the Knights of Columbus both directly and indirectly over the years, at different points expressing his gratitude for the Order’s support of the Church, encouraging Knights in their work and prayer, and reflecting on the legacy of Father Michael McGivney. READ MORE
A Papal TributeVisitors to New Haven, Connecticut, can leave a memorial remembrance to Pope Benedict XVI at the Order’s Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center. The center has also mounted a small display of items related to Benedict’s papacy, including a white cassock and zucchetto (skull cap) he wore while pope and a collection of papal medallions issued during his pontificate. To learn more about the pilgrimage center, visit michaelmcgivneycenter.org.
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