WEEKLY NEWS FOR KNIGHTS AROUND THE WORLD
On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, concurrently overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide nearly 50 years ago. The Knights of Columbus is now strengthening its support for pregnancy resources centers and maternity homes through ASAP, a new pro-life initiative announced earlier this month.
‘Proclaim the Dignity of Every Human Life’
Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly acclaimed the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in a June 24 statement, calling the ruling “one of the most significant advancements in human rights in our nation’s history.” He added, “In a post-Roe world, the Knights will continue to be there for mothers and their children, and we will continue to proclaim the dignity of every human life.”
Illinois Knights speak with a mother and her children during a delivery of baby supplies at the Pregnancy Care Center of Springfield. Illinois State Right to Life Chairman Ty Simmons (left) is pictured with Chuck Muller (kneeling) and Darrell Roll, program director and life director, respectively, of Sangamon Valley Council 5754 in Petersburg.
Mothers and Children First
On June 10, Supreme Knight Kelly announced the ASAP (Aid and Support After Pregnancy) program, a new initiative to strengthen K of C assistance for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes. For every $500 that a council donates to a qualifying pregnancy resource center or maternity home — up to $2,000 — the Supreme Council will add $100, a 20% increase.
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For more than a decade, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Council 13300 in Wildwood, Fla., has assisted Hands of Mercy Everywhere (HOME), a Christian-based residential group home for teenage girls, and pregnant or parenting teens in the foster care system. Since 2004, the organization has served more than 1,500 young women.
Discernment in Daily Family Life
Several members of the Knights of Columbus and their families participated in the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome, which gathered under the theme “Family Life: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness” June 22-26. Soren Johnson, a member of Holy Family Council 6831 in Leesburg, Va., and his wife, Ever — pictured above with their five children — were among the speakers on June 25.
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The Eucharistic Miracles of the World
From March 31 - April 3, college Knights from Michigan Technological University Council 17237, in Houghton, Mich., hosted the traveling exhibit “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World.” Displayed in the main library on campus the exhibit helped to increase awareness and devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
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