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Pope Benedict XVI Commends Knights of Columbus

In remarks to the 130th international convention of the Knights of Columbus, U.S. and Canadian Bishops’ Conferences joined Pope Benedict XVI in expressing concern over restrictions on religious liberty and praising the Knights of Columbus for their work in its defense. Both Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York – president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – and Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton – president of the Canadian Bishops Conference – expressed their gratitude for the Knights’ tireless defense of religious liberty and asked them to continue their leadership in that work especially at this time.

A letter of greeting to the Knights’ convention signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, conveyed Pope Benedict XVI’s gratitude to the Knights for their help “during these difficult times,” noting that “the Knights of Columbus have worked tirelessly to help the Catholic community recognize and respond to the unprecedented gravity of these new threats to the Church’s liberty and public moral witness.”

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