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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

International fraternal benefit organization of Catholic men, founded in 1882 by Rev. Michael J. McGivney, of New Haven, Connecticut. It was established on the principles of charity, unity, and patriotism, and its purpose is to provide a system of fraternal insurance benefits to the members, promote cultural relations, and engage in a variety of religious, educational, and social activities. The Knights represent the modern expression of Catholic Action. Their "purpose has meaning only insofar as they are in perfect accord with the mind of the Church." Worldwide membership is over one million.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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