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Pope Francis encourages Knights of Columbus to defend religious freedom

Pope Francis sent a message to the Knights of Columbus to mark their 132nd International Convention in Orlando, Florida.  The message was sent to the Knights in a letter sent by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State. The Pope expressed his gratitude for their service in contributing "to the mission of the Church at every levelâ? especially their work in charitable activities. The Knights of Columbus set a record in donations in the past year, donating more than $170 million to charities.  He also called on them to defend religionâ??s "proper place in the public square and to encourage the lay faithful in their mission of shaping a society which reflects the truth of Christ.â?  The letter was read to over 2,000 members of the Knights of Columbus attending the conference. JAE RR FA -PR Up: PM