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Knights of Columbus Press Conference to help Middle East Christians

Knights of Columbus Press Conference to help Middle East Christians

The emblem of the Knights of Columbus

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NEWS CONFERENCE: Knights of Columbus to announce major initiative on behalf of Middle Eastern Christians
Archbishops from Iraq and Syria will provide updates for the media concerning the dire situation facing Christians in their home countries

WHAT: A news conference and media availability with the Knights of Columbus and Archbishops from Iraq and Syria. Key elements include:

The Knights of Columbus announcing a major expansion of its efforts to aid persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Archbishops from Iraq and Syria addressing the current situation and the enormous needs faced by their people.

Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus
Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria (Melkite)
Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, CSsR of Erbil, Iraq (Chaldean)
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 11:15–11:45 a.m. Brief remarks from the participants, followed by q&a. Opportunities for interviews afterward. Lunch will be provided. We ask that coverage of the initiative be held until 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 204-C, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia.

OF INTEREST: Carl Anderson will publically announce the K of C initiatives on behalf of Middle Eastern Christians during the business session that begins at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday Aug. 4, during his annual report. Archbishops Warda and Jeanbart will each deliver keynote remarks to the convention dinner that evening. Footage will be available from each of these talks.

RSVP: For credentials, please RSVP as soon as possible to Kaitlyn.Landgraf@kofc.org

CHARITABLE EFFORTS BY KNIGHTS: The Knights have already donated more than $3 million in humanitarian aid to persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. The convention will see the announcement of a major expansion of that assistance involving K of C councils worldwide.

Notably, during a previous K of C international convention – also held in Philadelphia in 1926 – the Knights announced a major program to assist refugees of the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico, and to raise awareness about the situation there. The program was highly successful in achieving its goals.

Last year, the almost 1.9 million worldwide members of the Knights donated more than $173.5 million and more than 71.5 million hours of service to charitable causes.

MORE INFORMATION: http://www.ChristiansAtRisk.org #ChristiansAtRisk


Andrew Walther
Joe Cullen
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About Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning Palestinian American columnist. Named "Best Ethnic American Columnist" for 2006/07 by the New America Media. He is the recipient of four Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club and the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Award for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Visit his website at www.TheDailyHookah.com. Find his podcasts on iTunes and on Vimeo.


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