Pope Francis to Knights of Columbus: Keep bearing witness to marriage and the family
The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal and charitable organization of men, held their 131st Supreme Convention from August 6 to 8 in San Antonio, Texas. In a letter written on behalf of Pope Francis, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone wrote to the Knights, “His Holiness…asked me to convey his warm greetings to all in attendance, together with the assurance of his closeness in prayer.”
In the letter, Cardinal Bertone said, “Conscious of the specific responsibility which the lay faithful have for the Church’s mission, [Pope Francis] invites each Knight, and every Council, to bear witness to the authentic nature of marriage and the family, the sanctity and inviolable dignity of human life, and the beauty and truth of human sexuality. In this time of rapid social and cultural changes, the protection of God’s gifts cannot fail to include the affirmation and defense of the great patrimony of moral truths taught by the Gospel and confirmed by right reason, which serve as the bedrock of a just and well-ordered society” (emphasis added).