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Knights of Columbus Pledge $1m to World Youth Day

The Knights of Columbus will donate $1 million to World Youth Day, to help build a park where participants can turn to the sacrament of reconciliation.

Part of the donation will go to craftswomen of the Mexican state of Chiapas, who will make the priests' stoles.

The area will be named "Duc in Altum" Park (put out in the deep) in reference to the motto John Paul II proposed to the Church at the start of the millennium.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, head of the Catholic family fraternal benefit society, presented an initial $250,000 contribution to Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, national director of World Youth Day, during a Jan. 10 preparatory meeting for this summeręs event.

"The Knights of Columbus is honored to sponsor Duc in Altum Park, where the sacrament of reconciliation will be available," Anderson said.

"The experience of getting to know Christ is what we hope every young person coming to Toronto this summer receives," he added. "We also hope they will come to know him as a friend on whom they can always count when they take advantage of the healing grace of the sacrament of reconciliation."

Part of the Knights' contribution will go to produce stoles the priests will wear while administering the sacrament. The stoles will be handmade by "Mujeres por la Dignidad" (Women for Dignity), a handcraft cooperative of Mayan women in Los Altos de Chiapas, Mexico.

Young Catholics from 150 countries are expected to attend the July 18-28 event. John Paul II is scheduled to celebrate the closing Mass on July 28.


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