Pope Francis asks Knights of Columbus to defend life and 'authentic' marriage

August 9, 2013. (Romereports.com) Pope Francis issued a message to the Knights of Columbus in light of their 131th Supreme Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

The letter is directed to Carl A. Anderson, who serves as the Supreme Knight. In it, the Pope expressed his appreciation for the “ideals of faith and fraternity embodied by the Order, its commitment to the Church’s mission, and the many works of charity and evangelical witness.”

Pope Francis also highlighted the role the Knights of Columbus play in helping Catholics as “protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”

He urged each Knight to “bear witness to the authentic nature of marriage and the family, the sanctity and inviolable dignity of human life, and the beauty and truth of human sexuality.”

He also expressed his gratitude for the clear example of Faith the Knights of Columbus show each day.

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Comment by Claude Mertzenich on September 22, 2013 at 9:26am

I would also like to add that the secular media seems bent on casting Saint John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict as evil, stuck-in-their-ways guys, but nothing could be further from the truth.  These two Popes served the Church with distinction and in holiness during very difficult times.

Comment by Claude Mertzenich on September 22, 2013 at 8:31am

This is an important article because the secular press is trumpeting the idea that our holy father doesn't care about the sanctity of human life (see http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/21/world/europe/with-his-remarks-on-...).  If you read way down into the New York Times article, you'll see that our holy father, Pope Francis, is staunchly pro-life, which is exactly consistent with the teaching of Jesus through His one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church through the ages.  May the Holy Spirit continue to work in and through our holy father and through us all.  Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

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