Tonight on Perspectives: Japanese Church remembers WWII bombings and we bring you more highlights from the 131st Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus.
Today on Perspectives, Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus and a extended coverage of the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus.
Since the very beginning, Carl Anderson has been a great friend to all of us at Salt + Light. In the meantime, he continues to play a very important role in the Universal Church, in his capacity as Supreme Knight for the Knights of Columbus. Earlier today in Dublin at the International Eucharistic Congress, Anderson presented a personal testimony, as a husband and father on the Eucharist and faith in his life. We are pleased to bring you the full text of his testimony.
Our Lord told us with extraordinary clarity about the centrality of the Eucharist: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.”
Our Church teaches that the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of Christian life. And so, our Congress is really about life—about life with the Eucharist, and about the absence of life without it.
It is also about imparting the gift of natural life, and laying the groundwork for eternal life in our families.
“So that the world may know new hope”: That’s the theme of the Knights of Columbus 129th Supreme Convention from Denver, Colorado. The theme is taken from a prayer by Blessed John Paul II at the conclusion of his document Ecclesia in America following the 1997 Synod of Bishops for America.
It’s a theme that was made tangible by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson as he recounted the many activities of the Knights in the past year. Whether it is collecting food for families, coats for kids, or providing prosthetics to children in Haiti who lost limbs in the devastating January 2010 earthquake, we learned about the hope that the Knights are bringing to people around them.
All told, in 2010 the Knights made charitable contributions of $154.6 million, exceeding last year’s total. The same was true for volunteer hours, as the Knights provided a record 70 million hours.
It’s interesting to note that the leaders in charitable contributions were Knights in Quebec and Ontario. Canadian provinces held seven places in the top ten when the number is broken down by per capita donations (for the record, in order, it is British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, Alaska, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Virginia, Florida, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick).
To learn more about the incredible work of the Knights, and their upcoming initiatives — like helping orphans in Africa, and their involvement in World Youth Day Madrid’s Love and Life Centre English Catechesis site — read the Supreme Knight’s address here.
Visit the Salt + Light Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention page here for our remaining broadcast schedule in Denver.
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Prominent Catholic commentators acclaim Pope John Paul II’s legacy leading up to May 1st beatification
On Monday, our friends over at HeadlineBistro.com began a series of articles from prominent Catholic commentators examining the influence of Pope John Paul II.
- Supreme Knight Carl Anderson on John Paul II and the Civilization of Love
- George Weigel on John Paul II’s life as an exemplary model of Christian discipleship
- Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV, on the Polish Pontiff as a herald for the gospel of life.
- Ambassador Jim Nicholson on Pope John Paul II and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
- Magnificat editor-in-chief Fr. Peter Cameron, OP, on John Paul II the artist
- Political commentator Kathryn Jean Lopez on John Paul II and the New Evangelization
- Salt + Light TV’s Fr. Thomas Rosica on John Paul II and World Youth Day
- American Papist blogger Thomas Peters on the “JPII Generation.”
… and many more on topics including Pope John Paul II’s contribution to ecumenism and theology of the body.
New articles will be released each day in the week leading up to Pope John Paul II’s beatification this Sunday.
Read the series on Headline Bistro here.
CNS photo/Catholic Press Photo