Aug 132014

The Order announced the establishment of the fund today and is seeking public donations for humanitarian aid to religious minorities

Vatican Insider Staff | Rome

The Knights of Columbus announced today that is establishing a fund to assist those – particularly Christians as well as other religious minorities – facing a horrific and violent persecution and possible extinction in Iraq and the surrounding regions.

The Knights has pledged an initial $500,000 and will match an additional $500,000 in donations from the public.

“The unprovoked and systematic persecution and violent elimination of Middle East Christians, as well as other minority groups, especially in Iraq, has created an enormous humanitarian crisis,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Pope Francis has asked the world for prayers and support for those affected by this terrible persecution, and we are asking our members, and all people of good will, to pray for those persecuted and support efforts to assist them by donating to this fund.”

Anderson added: “It has shocked the conscience of the world that people are systematically being purged from the region where their families have lived for millennia – simply for their faith. It is imperative that we stand in solidarity with them in defense of the freedom of conscience, and provide them with whatever relief we can.”

Those seeking to assist with the relief efforts can donate to K of C Christian Refugee Relief by visiting or by sending checks or money orders to: K of C Christian Refugee Relief, Knights of Columbus Charities, P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966.

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100 percent of all donations collected by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., will be used for humanitarian assistance for those Christians – as well as other religious minorities –being persecuted or displaced in Iraq and the surrounding region.

The Knights of Columbus has a long history both of providing humanitarian relief and have done so following Sept. 11, 2001; last year’s typhoons in the Philippines; Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Sandy; tornadoes nationwide; flooding in Mexico; and tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan.

In addition, the Knights of Columbus has also long supported persecuted Christians. Throughout the 1920s, the Knights provided humanitarian assistance and created international awareness of the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with more than 1.8 million members worldwide.

Dedicated to charity, Knights last year provided more than $170 million and more than 70 million hours to charitable causes, assisting substantially with several humanitarian disasters from North America to Asia.

Jan 302014

Updated Press Release – Philippines Relief Efforts Ongoing


HaiyanIn the aftermath of the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan considered the strongest recorded storm ever to make landfall the Knights of Columbus will donate more than $750,000 to assist in relief efforts. Some $500,000 of that amount has come from local K of C councils and individuals from throughout North America.

The Nov. 8 typhoon’s 195-mile-per-hour winds and 20-foot ocean surges killed more than 6,000 and displaced millions, reducing seaside villages to splintered piles of wood and tearing a gash across the center of the islands from the Pacific Ocean to the South China Sea.

The Knights of Columbus has strong ties to the Philippines, where it has had a presence since 1905 and today counts hundreds of thousands of members, including many who were victimized by the typhoon.

“Both at the height of the storm and in its aftermath, the Knights were there — first with their prayers, and also as rescuers and relief agents,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Locally and internationally, we remain committed to helping the people of the Philippines rebuild their lives.”

Among the many relief programs sponsored by the Knights, funds have gone to local Catholic bishops to assist in the charitable relief of their people, and to numerous K of C-sponsored emergency food distributions that provide food and nutrition for thousands of homeless residents in the devastated areas. Continue reading »

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