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Pope Francis Receives Supreme Knight in Audience

Knights of Columbus Statement Regarding the Private Audience Granted by
Pope Francis to Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly

The Knights of Columbus enjoys a longstanding and close relationship with the Holy See. On Oct. 25, Pope Francis received Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly in a private audience for the first time in his new role as leader of the Knights of Columbus. The Supreme Knight was accompanied by his predecessor, Past Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, as well as Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori.

Supreme Knight Kelly expressed his gratitude to the Holy Father and pledged continued prayers and support for him on behalf of the Order’s 2 million members around the world.

Supreme Knight Kelly said, “I am deeply grateful for the Holy Father’s interest in our charitable and spiritual activities, and that His Holiness imparted his blessing on us.”

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