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Knights Begin Prayer Campaign for National Unity and to End Racism Carl Anderson, Leader of the Knights of Columbus Calls for a 9-Day Prayer Campaign for National Unity and for an End to Racism 

Following the pain, outrage and violence resulting from the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight and leader of the 2-million-member charitable fraternal organization, has called for a nine-day prayer campaign. 

In a statement released today, Mr. Anderson said, “I send this message in a spirit of reconciliation, asking you to join me beginning this Sunday — the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity — in praying our Novena for National Unity & An End to Racism.” 

He continued in stating that we should take to heart the words of Pope Francis that no one should, “tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism.” He further quoted Pope Francis in that we must all, “defend the sacredness of every human life.” Anderson urges every American to redouble their efforts to overcome the suffering and injustice which result from the sin of racism. To his brother Knights, to fellow Catholics, and to people of goodwill everywhere, he asks that that as we celebrate the perfect unity of the Blessed Trinity, we join in prayer and remember that, as Pope Francis says, “nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.” 

Supreme Knight Anderson went on to say that, “Our prayers are inspired by our legacy as Knights of Columbus — may we carry on in the same spirit of unity that has inspired the Order to welcome Catholic men of all backgrounds, regardless of race, from our very beginning. This is especially important as we move forward.” 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Time is cluttered with the wreckage of broken communities which have surrendered to hatred and violence. For the salvation of our nation and the salvation of mankind, we must follow another way.” 

Therefore, he continued, “we pray that we all can follow this other way and come to understand that injustice to a black person is injustice to all; that regardless of race or culture, all people, without exception, are made in the image and likeness of God, and are deserving of our respect and love.” 

In his statement, Anderson asks for all people to join him and all Knights in offering this prayer for national unity and an end to racism. He said, “May we pray for the strength to learn from the courageous example of Dr. King and from the leadership of our Holy Father, and continue to work to build a society that recognizes the dignity and brotherhood of all.” 

Arizona State Deputy Mario Vassallo of Vail urges his brother Knights, Catholics, and Arizonans to join together in this powerful nine-day prayer for unity in our communities and nation, and for end racism. 

This Novena (nine days of prayer) will commence Sunday, June 7, and conclude Monday, June 15. A Special prayer is attached. Praying a Rosary is customary, but not a requirement. 

Contact: John Garcia, Public Relations Director for Arizona at (602) 525-4424

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