- Oct 29, 2020
The Knights of Columbus, which helped lead the charge to persuade the U.S. State Department to officially recognize ISIS violence directed at religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as a “genocide,” is donating nearly $2 million to support Christian refugees from those two nations.
Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, has been awarded the Benedict Leadership Award by the Belmont Abbey College, one of the leading Catholic colleges in the United States. Throughout his career Anderson worked hard to protect Christians facing genocide in the Middle East.
A newly restored 14th-century wooden crucified Christ, which once hung in the original fourth-century St. Peter’s Basilica, has been “resurrected” from obscurity — once caked over with dark paint and left forgotten behind an elevator shaft, said Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest.
Accepting an award from the Path to Peace Foundation, which supports the Holy See’s U.N. mission, Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus, warned that the genocide against Christians and other minorities begun by ISIS in the Middle East will likely succeed by “our own inaction.”
Just a few miles away from war and genocide, two priestly ordinations last Friday in Iraqi Kurdistan, and the celebrations they triggered, suggest a surprising narrative of not only survival but rebirth for Christianity in the Middle East.
When the leader of the Knights of Columbus recently insisted that Catholics cannot in good conscience vote for candidates who support abortion, he was doing no more than restating the Gospel and Catholic social teaching — and, by the way, he was not breaking with Pope Francis.