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K of C leader Anderson to receive Path to Peace Award

September 29, 2016

The Path to Peace Foundation, which supports the Vatican's work at UN headquarters in New York, will give its top annual award to Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus.

In announcing the award, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican's permanent observer at the UN, praised the Knights of Columbus for their work to support persecuted Christians in the Middle East. He said:

Through the Supreme Knight’s vigorous leadership, the Knights of Columbus not only has been responding to the cries for help coming from the Middle East and elsewhere but used their resources to put together a compelling 300-page report on the violence against Christians in the Middle East that compelled U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to declare what was happening to Christians, Yezidis and other religious minorities in the region a genocide.

The Path to Peace prize will be awarded at a gala fundraising dinner on Ocobter 12. Previous winners of the award have included two UN secretary generals (Boutros Boutros-Ghali in 1993 and Kofi Annan in 2000), two grand masters of the Knights of Malta (Fra Andrew Bertie in 2005 and Fra Matthew Festing in 2011), and heads of state including King Baudoin of Belgium (1994), President Corazon Aquino of the Philippines (1995), and President Lech Walesa of Poland (1996).

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