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  • Pope Francis asks Knights of Columbus to defend life and 'authentic' marriage

    08/09/2013 8:09:04 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies
    Sentiments Conveyed in Letter of Papal Greeting to Knights’ International Convention Greeting(SAN ANTONIO) – Pope Francis praised the charitable works of the Knights of Columbus and encouraged the organization to defend the sanctity of marriage, the dignity of life, the beauty and truth of human sexuality, and the rights of believers.The pope’s sentiments are contained in a letter of greeting to the Knights’ 131st annual convention, now taking place in San Antonio.The letter, which was sent by Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone on behalf of Pope Francis, expressed the Pope’s “esteem for the ideals of faith and fraternity...
  • Crusader Hospital Unveiled in Jerusalem

    08/06/2013 3:42:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Discovery Channel ^ | 8/5/13 | Rossella Lorenzi
    A huge building which during the Crusader period was the largest hospital in the Middle East has been discovered in the heart of Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Monday. Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, the 1,000-year-old hospital was identified following a decade-long reconstruction operation. Until a decade or so ago the building served as a bustling and crowded fruit and vegetable market. Since then it stood there desolate, the IAA said in a statement. According to Renee Forestany and Amit Reem, the IAA excavation directors, the structure, only a small part...
  • Pope Francis could renew Catholicism in Americas, says Knights' chief

    03/15/2013 11:54:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | March 15, 2013 | Alan Holdren
    Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson speaks with CNA in Rome on March 15, 2013. Credit: David Uebbing/CNA Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just as Pope John Paul II influenced many in Poland, the rise of an Argentinian to the papacy is set to dramatically change the lives of many Christians, according to head of the Knights of Columbus. "I think it offers the same kind of a potential for a great renewal of Catholicism and Christianity all throughout the Western Hemisphere," Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said March 15. Just two days ago, the 76-year-old...
  • The Crusaders' last stand: Pot of gold worth 300,000 found in fortress

    07/11/2012 6:56:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7-11-12 | Rob Waugh
    A pot of gold from the Crusades worth up to $500,000 has been found buried in an ancient Roman fortress in Israel. The coins were buried by Christian soldiers of the order of the Knights Hospitalier as the Crusaders faced an unstoppable attack by a huge Muslim army. The knights were annihilated in April 1265. The coins - worth a fortune even in 1265 when they were thought to have been buried - were deliberately hidden inside a broken jug to prevent them being discovered. The fortress was destroyed in April 1265 by forces of Mamluks who overwhelmed the Crusaders...
  • Midevial Times (Travel video with music montage)

    01/11/2010 9:47:45 AM PST · by mft112345 · 2 replies · 337+ views
    Youtube ^ | January 11 | MT
    My wife and I visited Midevial Times this week and found the horses and performances entertaining. Notice the horse kick backwards in midair. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osswh8pDjBo
  • 1565: Malta celebrates the historically important victory of the Great Siege

    09/03/2009 6:17:37 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 6 replies · 627+ views
    timesofmalta.com ^ | Thursday, 3rd September 2009 | Desmond Zammit Marmar
    Desmond Zammit Marmar Thursday, 3rd September 2009 1565 As Malta celebrates the historically important victory of the Great Siege of 1565, it is worthwhile to ponder on some important points usually overshadowed by the purely military aspect of the Great Siege. The events of 1565 took place against a background of the clash between the Christian and the Islamic religions as well as the contemporary dissonance between Western and Eastern cultures. Few people, however, are aware that commerce played a very important part in the Turkish decision to attack Malta. Attacks on Turkish shipping by ships flying the flag of...
  • Obama Names Pope-Basher to Faith-Based Initiative Board

    04/07/2009 4:37:05 AM PDT · by kellynla · 47 replies · 1,354+ views
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 06, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    President Barack Obama has named to the federal governments faith-based initiative a gay-rights activist who, last month, described Pope Benedict XVI and certain Catholic bishops as discredited leaders because of their opposition to same-sex marriage. Harry Knox, who is a newly appointed member of Obamas Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is the director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual activist group. In addition to his remarks about the Pope, Knox also criticized the Catholic Knights of Columbus as being foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression because of the Knights...
  • New Knights' (of Columbus) survey outlines Catholic views on host of moral issues (Catholic Caucus)

    10/15/2008 1:43:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 454+ views
    CNS ^ | October 15, 2008 | Mark Pattison
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- American Catholic voters in 2008 tend to be more moderate and less liberal than U.S. voters as a whole, according to a survey commissioned by the Knights of Columbus and released Oct. 14. "A plurality of Catholic voters, 39 percent, are Democrats, and 45 percent describe themselves as moderate. Only 19 percent say they are liberal," the survey said. The survey was conducted by telephone with 813 self-identified Catholics Sept. 24-Oct. 3 by Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion. Those who identified themselves as practicing Catholics outnumbered nonpracticing Catholics by close to a 2-1 ratio. Interviewers polled...
  • Operation Charge of Knights Continues Progress in Basrah

    04/15/2008 4:15:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 61+ views
    Iraqi Special Operations Forces soldiers load into an Iraqi air force C-130 Hercules aircraft at New Al Muthana Air Base, Iraq, April 6, 2008, in preparation for a flight to Basra, Iraq. Since March 24, 2008, the Iraqi air force has transported over 200 tons of ammunition and supplies as well as over 1,000 troops to Basra daily with two C-130s during 24-hour operations. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Allen. BASRAH — Operation Sawlat al-Fursan, or Charge of the Knights, entered a new phase of operations in Basrah. The operation, which began March 24, has now started...
  • Confirmed: Pope approves 'heroic virtues' of Knights of Columbus founder

    03/16/2008 1:40:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 307+ views
    American Papist ^ | March 16, 2008
    From the Canadian Press, Vatican City press office: Pope Benedict on Saturday set the founder of the Knights of Columbus, one of the world's largest lay Catholic groups, on the path to possible beatification and sainthood, the Vatican said.The Pope recognized the "heroic virtues" of reverend Michael McGivney, who in 1882 created a fraternal society for Catholic men who suffered discrimination because of their religion and immigrant origins....The effort to canonize him was opened in 1997. That process received important support last year, when the Vatican's No. 2 official, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, celebrated mass at the Knights of Columbus...
  • Enough, already! Vatican official says Templars book nothing new

    10/27/2007 12:39:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 74+ views
    CNS ^ | October 26, 2007 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- It was billed as the Vatican's effort to "come clean" and reveal secret documents about the mysterious Knights Templar, the medieval crusading order that has inspired ancient legends and modern novels. But after seeing exaggerated press reports for two weeks, Bishop Sergio Pagano apparently had had enough. "I've read in the papers that this is about discoveries. In no way can one talk about discoveries -- every one of these texts was already known," he said Oct. 25. You could almost feel the air going out of the balloon in the packed Vatican conference room, where...
  • Knights Templar win heresy reprieve after 700 years

    10/12/2007 11:41:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 59 replies · 458+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Thu Oct 11, 8:33 PM ET | By Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Knights Templar, the medieval Christian military order accused of heresy and sexual misconduct, will soon be partly rehabilitated when the Vatican publishes trial documents it had closely guarded for 700 years. A reproduction of the minutes of trials against the Templars, "'Processus Contra Templarios -- Papal Inquiry into the Trial of the Templars'" is a massive work and much more than a book -- with a 5,900 euros (4,125 pounds) price tag. "This is a milestone because it is the first time that these documents are being released by the Vatican, which gives a stamp...
  • Vatican book on Templars' demise

    10/05/2007 1:44:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 160 replies · 3,468+ views
    BBC ^ | October 5, 2007
    The Vatican is to publish a book which is expected to shed light on the demise of the Knights Templar, a Christian military order from the Middle Ages. The book is based on a document known as the Chinon parchment, found in the Vatican Secret Archives six years ago after years of being incorrectly filed. The document is a record of the heresy hearings of the Templars before Pope Clement V in the 14th Century. The official who found the paper says it exonerates the knights entirely. Prof Barbara Frale, who stumbled across the parchment by mistake, says that...
  • Knights of Columbus Pass Reso to Prohibit Pro-Abortion Politicians from Knights-Sponsored Events

    08/14/2007 9:37:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 717+ views
    Lifesite ^ | August 13, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    NASHVILLE, August 13, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - At the Knights of Columbus 125th annual convention this week, the Order officially resolved to forbid pro-abortion politicians from attending their events. The Order also renewed its support for the traditional definition of marriage and called for the protection of conscience for people in the medical field. During the final session of the Knights of Columbus convention at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on August 9, delegates passed the pro-life resolution, stating, "we reaffirm our long-standing policy of not inviting to any Knights of Columbus event, persons, especially public officials or candidates for public office,...
  • Cardinal says he'll personally work on cause of Knights' founder

    08/08/2007 6:07:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 303+ views
    Catholic News ^ | Andy Telli
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) -- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the second highest ranking official at the Vatican, told members of the Knights of Columbus that he is taking a personal interest in the beatification process for the order's founder, Father Michael McGivney. "I hope this recognition (of sanctity) will arrive soon, and I'll personally work on this, so that this day will come soon," Cardinal Bertone said during his homily, delivered in Italian, at the Aug. 7 opening Mass of the Knights of Columbus' 125th annual national convention at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. Cardinal Bertone's comments on the sainthood cause...
  • Pope's Top Aide In Nashville To Receive Honor

    08/07/2007 10:00:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 424+ views
    WSMV ^ | August 7, 2007
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Vatican's secretary of state celebrated Mass Tuesday morning at the Knights of Columbus annual meeting -- marking his first U.S. appearance since taking over the position last yearCardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who as the Vatican's secretary of state is the pope's top aide, was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2006.Bertone, the Mass' principal celebrant who said much of it in Italian while an English interpreter translated, said the pope wanted him to convey his "cordial greetings.""Please be assured of the Holy Father's spiritual closeness and of a special remembrance in his prayers at this time,"...
  • Knights of Columbus begin Spiritual Pilgrimage with Pope

    11/28/2006 1:29:43 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 278+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 28, 2006
    New Haven, Nov. 28, 2006 (CNA) - International Catholic lay fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus, have begun their spiritual pilgrimage, with Pope Benedict XVI as he arrives in Turkey today. As previously reported, the Knights will pray for the Popes intentions as he makes his historic visit to the Muslim country. Supeme Knight, Carl A. Anderson noted that, Only a few Catholics can physically travel with the Holy Father to Turkey, but millions of us can be united with him in prayer during his pilgrimage for peace. We will ask Our Lady of Fatima to intercede for the Pope...
  • In Awe Before the Lord (By Archbishop O' Brien of the Military Archdiocese)

    04/13/2003 4:31:04 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies · 506+ views
    Columbia Magazine (Knights of Columbus) ^ | April 2003 | Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien
    (PAUL HENRY WOOD (AMERICAN, 1871-92), ABSOLUTION UNDER FIRE, 1891 OIL ON CANVAS, 72 X 102 IN. UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME COLLECTION OF THE SNITE MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, AA.76.57)Editors Note: The following address was given at the first Knights of Columbus Eucharistic Congress in Washington, D.C., June 22, 2002. In the beautiful rolling hills of western Maryland lies the historic battlefield of Antietam. There on Sept. 17, 1862 (the Glorious 17th) was fought the bloodiest battle of any American war. More than 20,000 soldiers from both sides of the Civil War lay dead or wounded. The battle...
  • The Dragonflies' Lair~Thread XXX

    08/26/2006 9:01:39 PM PDT · by Soaring Feather · 973 replies · 11,471+ views
    Anniversary Thread Celebrating Three Years | August 27, 2006 | bentfeather/Poets of The Lair
    Happy 3rd Anniversary Dragonflies' Lair and Poets Our Poets bentfeather fatima Hope and Glory Knitting A Conundrum Lady Jag Liberty Belt NicknamedBob Reaper Freeper Scubie Nuc starbase Texas Songwriter WayzataJohnn We the poets of the Lair, thank all who support us. We hope to be here a long time, singing our songs riding the stars, writing our own visions, and best of all, loving all who continue to lurk and visit here over the years. We write of love, we write of war, we write of sorrow, we write of Knights and Kingdoms from before, we write of drawing...
  • Knights of Columbus pledge to fight for marriage, life, under God

    08/05/2006 2:49:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 782+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | August 4, 2006
    ORLANDO - The Knights of Columbus have adopted, this week, significant resolutions on a number of critical social issues including marriage, the sacredness of life, the Pledge of Allegiance, school choice, and support for military men and women. The resolutions, adopted yesterday at the 124th Supreme Council Meeting, held in Orlando, Florida, serve to formally state the Knights stance on the issues, most of which they have been involved with previously. The first resolution states that Marriage, which is the foundation of society and provides the best environment for raising children, is under siege in our culture by the movement...
  • Knights of Columbus: The Featured Article on Wikipedia Today (August 1)

    08/01/2006 6:51:01 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 9 replies · 364+ views
    linking not allowed by FR policy | 8/1/2006 | n/a
    The Order of the Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in 1882, it is named in honor of Christopher Columbus and dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. There are more than 1.7 million members in 14,000 councils, including nearly 200 on college campuses. Membership is limited to "practical Catholic" men who are at least 18 years old. Councils have been chartered in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, the Philippines, Guam, Saipan and most recently in Poland. All the Order's ceremonials and business meetings are restricted to...
  • Two Killed, Nine Injured in Kansas City Knights of Columbus Shooting

    07/23/2006 3:18:33 PM PDT · by Theoden · 15 replies · 664+ views
    Associated Press/Fox News ^ | July 23, 2006 | AP
    KANSAS CITY, Missouri Gunfire erupted as hundreds of young people left a party at a Knights of Columbus hall early Sunday, killing two men and injuring nine, some critically, police said.
  • The Dragonflies Lair~Thread XXIX

    07/12/2006 8:30:09 PM PDT · by Soaring Feather · 1,039 replies · 6,986+ views
    The Muse and Poets of the Lair | July 12, 2006 | bentfeather
    My Dragon Fly and Me If I could be a Dragon Fly and wing my way through the sky I would never be shy just me and my Dragon Fly! By moonlight we ride the wind chase the comets tail for fun by day we would hide from the sun our fragile wings would come undone On darkest nights we would use fireflies as our guide we would dip and we would glide through the heavens open wide and scatter diamonds in the night sky my Dragon Fly and me... And we would wing past our lovers silent in...
  • Knights of Columbus asks Maryland Appeals Court to Reverse Decision on Marriage

    07/04/2006 5:01:36 PM PDT · by AlaninSA · 19 replies · 635+ views
    US Newswire ^ | 7/3/2006 | Patrick Korten
    ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 3 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Knights of Columbus has asked the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to overturn a decision by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge M. Brooke Murdock, which held that a law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman is irrational and thus a violation of the Maryland Constitution. The decision, issued on January 20, 2006, declared that "This court is unable to find that preventing same- sex marriage rationally relates to Maryland's interest in promoting the best interests of children." The amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief filed by the...
  • Golden Knights Parachute Team Jumps for Joy of Crowd

    05/07/2006 6:24:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 419+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 7, 2006 Hitting the mark as they always do, members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team jumped into the middle of the 2006 McDonald's Air and Sea Show here yesterday. Preparations for a jump into the 2006 McDonald's Air and Sea Show at Fort Lauderdale Beach continue as the Army's Golden Knights parachute team waits to reach the jump zone. Sgt. 1st Class Paul Sach, left, the Black Demonstration Team leader, prepares the streamers that will help determine wind direction. Cpl. Joshua Coleman, center, puts his gloves on while Sgt. Hector Ceja,...
  • First Knights Templar Discovered

    04/17/2006 2:34:31 PM PDT · by blam · 179 replies · 4,019+ views
    First Knights Templar are discovered April 10, 2006 LONDON: The first bodies of the Knights Templar, the mysterious religious order at the heart of The Da Vinci Code, have been found by archaeologists near the River Jordan in northern Israel. British historian Tom Asbridge yesterday hailed the find as the first provable example of actual Knights Templar. The remains were found beneath the ruined walls of Jacob's Ford, an overthrown castle dating back to the Crusades, which had been lost for centuries. They can be dated to the exact day -- August 29, 1179 -- that they were killed by...
  • Family, Heroes, Knights Bid Medal of Honor Recipient Farewell

    04/14/2006 5:43:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 574+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Marie Schult
    ARLINGTON, Va., April 14, 2006 Six Medal of Honor recipients and the Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, were among those gathered at Arlington National Cemetery here yesterday to pay their last respects to retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Michael J. "Mike" Novosel, a Medal of Honor recipient and former Golden Knight. Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) carry Medal of Honor recipient retired Chief Warrant Officer Michael J. Novosel Sr. at Arlington National Cemetery April 13. Novosel, 83, was laid to rest after he succumbed to a long battle with cancer. A former pilot...
  • The Dragon Flies' Lair~ Thread XXVI~March 28, 2006

    03/27/2006 9:23:33 PM PST · by Soaring Feather · 1,011 replies · 6,282+ views
    The Seven Muses | March 28, 2006 | bentfeather/Poets of the Lair
    My Dragon Fly and Me If I could be a Dragon Fly and wing my way through the sky I would never be shy just me and my Dragon Fly! By moonlight we ride the wind chase the comets tail for fun by day we would hide from the sun our fragile wings would come undone On darkest nights we would use fireflies as our guide we would dip and we would glide through the heavens open wide and scatter diamonds in the night sky my Dragon Fly and me... And we would wing past our lovers silent in...
  • Miss USA skydives with Golden Knights

    03/21/2006 3:19:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 41 replies · 2,037+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Mar 20, 2006 | Reesa B. Kossoff
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 20, 2006) Miss USA Chelsea Cooley soared through the sky at an altitude of 13,000 feet during a tandem skydive with the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, March 14. The tandem jump was coordinated in conjunction with her USO visit to Fort Bragg, N.C. Millions of people in more than 90 countries watched as Cooley was crowned Miss USA April 11, 2005. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Cooley has spent the past year as Miss USA, championing the causes of breast and ovarian cancer education and research. Cooley has also become a...
  • First Exemplifications Held in Poland (Knights of Columbus)

    03/13/2006 5:57:07 AM PST · by Theoden · 25 replies · 836+ views
    Less than six months after Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson announced that the Knights of Columbus would expand to Poland, the Order is beginning to take hold there. A development team led by Supreme Master Joseph P. Schultz, Ronald J. Tracz, administrative assistant to the supreme knight (fraternal affairs), and Wojciech Dadak, a Supreme Council office consultant for Polish affairs, has made two trips to Poland to lay the groundwork in several areas in central and southern Poland, including Krakow and the capitol, Warsaw.
  • ~The Dragon Flies' Lair~Poetry Thread XXV~

    03/07/2006 9:06:41 PM PST · by Soaring Feather · 1,016 replies · 7,391+ views
    The Seven Muses | March 8, 2006 | bentfeather/Poets of the Lair
    My Dragon Fly and Me If I could be a Dragon Fly and wing my way through the sky I would never be shy just me and my Dragon Fly! By moonlight we ride the wind chase the comets tail for fun by day we would hide from the sun our fragile wings would come undone On darkest nights we would use fireflies as our guide we would dip and we would glide through the heavens open wide and scatter diamonds in the night sky my Dragon Fly and me... And we would wing past our lovers silent in...
  • Photos of Port Coquitlam, B.C. Knights of Columbus Hall Dispute Lesbians Claims (Liar Alert!)

    12/09/2005 7:29:58 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies · 856+ views
    LifeSite ^ | December 7, 2005
    PORT COQUITLAM, BC, December 7, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) Two lesbians awarded damages from a BC Human Rights Tribunal for being denied a Knights of Columbus hall rental for their same-sex wedding claimed they were completely unaware that the hall was affiliated with the Catholic Church.Pictures of the hall obtained by LifeSiteNews.com reveal its undeniableinclusion in a complex that included Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School. Not only do the pictures reveal that the hall ispart of the same three-acre parcel of land, but the walls of the buildings are all identical...
  • Knights Launch Polish-Language Web Page

    12/08/2005 10:20:11 AM PST · by Theoden · 4 replies · 224+ views
    KofC.org ^ | 12/1/2005 | Knights of Columbus
    First European Councils to be Established in Poland in 2006 As the Knights of Columbus prepares to establish its first European councils in Poland, the organization has unveiled a special section of its Web site in the Polish language. The Polish section of the Knights of Columbus Web site is located at www.kofc.org/polski. Polish becomes the fourth language of the Web site, which has long had sections in English, French and Spanish. Among the 1.7 million members of the Order are approximately 100,000 French-speaking Canadian members, and thousands of Spanish-speaking members in the United States, Mexico and Central and South...
  • Florida educators jump with Golden Knights

    11/10/2005 4:28:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 244+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 10, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
    ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (Army News Service, Nov. 9, 2005) An initiative to promote understanding of the U.S. military matched up the Armys top parachutists with some of Floridas most influential citizens, during a tandem jump clinic in central Florida last week. Twenty community leaders, educators, and media personalities attended the two-day event northeast of Tampa, where they were given the opportunity to tandem skydive with the U.S. Armys elite Golden Knights parachute team. Following a morning training class and meeting with the Golden Knights, the civilians were taken up in the Golden Knights signature UV-21 Twin Otter, paired up with...
  • BORN TO BE A SOLDIER: Reflecting on the impact of Southern military culture

    08/29/2005 7:37:15 AM PDT · by Sailor6468 · 8 replies · 998+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | Aug. 29, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    I was born to be a soldier. Not that I was particularly brave or even destined for a distinguished military career, but I think there is something inherent in most Southern boys that predisposes them to the profession of arms. I simply got a bigger dose of it than most.
  • Former Richmond VA, Resident/Eagle Scout/K of C affiliate, Frank Parater on the Way to Sainthood

    02/13/2005 4:22:40 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies · 723+ views
    The Catholic Virginian ^ | 02.04.02 | Bishop Walter F. Sullivan
    Appeared in The Catholic Virginian February 4, 2002Frank ParaterMost people in our diocese never heard of Frank Parater. If you were around in the late Sixties, you might recall that the diocese sponsored a camp named for him in Caroline County called Camp Parater. On Oct. 25, 2001, I received a letter from Jose Cardinal Saraiva Martins, the Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints authorizing me , with a nihil obstat (nothing stands in the way) to initiate a process for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God, Frank Parater, Seminarian....
  • 'Kingdom of Heaven' Truth in Limbo - (tour de force review!)

    05/09/2005 4:47:54 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 50 replies · 1,765+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | MAY 9, 2005 | JAMES HIRSEN
    These days it seems that whenever Hollywood meets history, history gets the squeeze. Last year "King Arthur," "Troy" and "Alexander" were put through the revisionist wringer. Today it's the factually challenged movie "Kingdom of Heaven" whose historical content appears to have been schmushed. "Kingdom of Heaven"'s director Ridley Scott recently took a cue from Cecil B. DeMille and chose the Crusades as the subject of his latest epic. This is the same fellow who brought us "Gladiator" and "Blade Runner," which makes me wonder: How did a talented filmmaker like Scott get stuck with an incoherent script like this? It's...
  • The Knights and the lesbians: Exhibit A in same-sex uproar

    02/02/2005 12:17:07 PM PST · by NYer · 71 replies · 4,145+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | February 2, 2005 | Michael Valpy
    Deborah Chymyshyn and Tracey Smith found just the hall they wanted to rent for their wedding reception. It was located behind a church in the Vancouver suburb of Port Coquitlam and managed by the Knights of Columbus, an organization they thought was the same as the Elks.That mistake -- confusing the Elks with the Knights -- has taken them into the epicentre of the national debate on same-sex marriage, with Stephen Harper and the federal Conservatives citing the couple as Exhibit A in the Tories' declaration that government legislation unveiled yesterday permitting homosexuals to marry will result in severe assaults...
  • Knights of Columbus Battle To Expel Pro-Abort Politician Members

    07/31/2004 5:58:49 PM PDT · by cpforlife.org · 121 replies · 3,264+ views
    The Wanderer ^ | August 4, 2004
    Return to Wanderer Home Page Issue Date August 4, 2004 Knights Battle ... To Expel Pro-Abort Politician Members (Special to The Wanderer)DALLAS As the American Catholic Church hierarchy contends with notorious pro-abortion Catholic politicians who publicly defy Church teaching in their political lives while flaunting their Catholicism by receiving Communion state delegates of the Knights of Columbus are contending with a proposal to expel member Knights in politics who support abortion rights.This issue has been simmering in the Knights of Columbus for decades. But this year, as delegates meet in Dallas from August 3 to 5...
  • Archbishop O'Malley To Speak at K of C Eucharistic Congress (Live on EWTN)

    08/08/2003 7:31:22 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 8 replies · 97+ views
    Knights of Columbus ^ | 8/8/2003 | Pyro7480
    His Excellency, Archbishop Seah P. O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, will be speaking about the sixth chapter of Pope John Paul II's recent encylical, Ecclesia de Eucharista (At the School of Mary, Woman of the Eucharist) at the 2nd annual Knights of Columbus Eucharistic Congress. He will be speaking sometime after 1:45 pm EDT (probably around 2 pm). The entire Eucharistic Congress will be carried live on EWTN. The Eucharistic Congress is taking place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
  • POPE CONSECRATES BASILICA OF DIVINE MERCY

    08/17/2002 6:31:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 1,023+ views
    BBC ^ | August 17, 2002
    Tens of thousands of people have greeted the Pope on the first full day of what is being seen as his farewell visit to his native Poland. Large crowds clapped and cheered as John Paul II arrived to consecrate the Basilica of Divine Mercy near Krakow, a shrine to Poland's first woman saint. The ultra-modern shrine commemorates a Polish nun canonised by the Pope two years ago. New stamps commemorate the visit Later on Saturday, the pontiff is due to receive President Aleksander Kwasniewski and Prime Minister Leszek Miller at his official residence. The Pope is on his ninth...
  • Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Discusses Church-State Separation

    01/12/2003 6:44:01 PM PST · by rface · 64 replies · 568+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS / Las Vegas Sun ^ | 1.12.03 | ASSOCIATED PRESS /
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia complained Sunday that courts have gone overboard in keeping God out of government. Scalia, speaking at a religious ceremony, said the constitutional wall between church and state has been misinterpreted both by the Supreme Court and lower courts. As an example, he pointed to a ruling in California that barred students from saying the Pledge of Allegiance with the phrase "one nation under God." That appeals court decision is on hold pending further consideration by the same court, but the Supreme Court could eventually be asked to review the case. Scalia, the main speaker at...
  • Knights of Columbus to Mark Second Annual Day of Unborn Child in Prayer

    03/24/2003 10:40:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 21 replies · 387+ views
    Knights of Columbus to Mark Second Annual Day of Unborn Child in PrayerNew Haven The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council will host a prayer service at St. Mary's Church, New Haven, in observance of the second annual Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child on Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at 8 p.m. The hour-long service, centered around the recitation of the rosary, is scheduled to be televised live by EWTN. March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, was declared Day of the Unborn Child in a unanimously approved resolution at the 2001 Supreme Council convention in Toronto. Supreme...
  • ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY STILL BASICALLY INTACT, SAY 2 U.S. BISHOPS

    11/12/2002 7:45:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 60 replies · 573+ views
    EWTN.com/Zenit.org ^ | 11-12-02 | Zenit.org
    ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY STILL BASICALLY INTACT, SAY 2 U.S. BISHOPS Revised Proposal on Clergy Abuse Builds on Dallas Norms, They Contend WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 7, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The president of the U.S. bishops' conference contradicted widespread media reports alleging that the Holy See had rejected the policy suggested by the American bishops last June. "Contrary to many news reports," Bishop Wilton Gregory said in a statement, "the Holy See did not reject or even 'soften' this work. In fact, it [remains] the foundation for what will become particular law in the United States." In a letter dated Oct. 14 to Bishop...
  • Who Were The Knights Templar? (Sunday History Read)

    07/21/2002 10:01:31 AM PDT · by Hacksaw · 156 replies · 7,348+ views
    www.templarhistory.com ^ | undated | Stephen Dafoe and Alan Butler
    The Knights Templar were a monastic military order formed at the end of the First Crusade with the mandate of protecting Christian pilgrims on route to the Holy Land. Never before had a group of secular knights banded together and took monastic vows. In this sense they were the first of the Warrior Monks. From humble beginnings of poverty when the order relied on alms from the traveling pilgrims, the order would go on to have the backing of the Holy See and the collective European monarchies. Within two centuries they had become powerful enough to defy all but...
  • PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - NEW INFORMATION

    06/28/2002 1:25:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 693+ views
    Associated Press direct feed | June 28, 2002
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A 1954 letter from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Knights of Columbus may have a legal bearing on the national controversy over an appeals court's declaration that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the phrase ``under God'' amounts to a government endorsement of religion in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Establishment Clause, which requires a separation of church and state. Congress added the phrase to the pledge in 1954 after a campaign by the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic men's service organization. Americans...