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Pope Francis praises Knights of Columbus for defending marriage, religious liberty

August 08, 2014

Pope Francis has praised the Knights of Columbus for its charitable works and for its defense of religious liberty, marriage, and family life.

“His Holiness is grateful for the active role played by the Knights to resist efforts to restrict religion to the purely personal sphere, to defend its proper place in the public square and to encourage the lay faithful in their mission of shaping a society which reflects the truth of Christ and the values of his Kingdom,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said in a message to the 132nd Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus.

The papal message, dated July 28, was published by Vatican Radio on August 7.

“Of particular concern in this regard are the well-known and growing threats to the integrity of marriage and the family,” Cardinal Parolin added. “These call not only for vigilance and a consistent public witness, but also for convincing presentations of Christian moral teaching in the light of a sound anthropological vision centered on human dignity and the correct use of our God-given freedom.”


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