Knights of Columbus Sending Rosaries to Troops

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NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, APRIL 8, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Working with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, the Knights of Columbus has donated 10,000 rosaries to troops serving in Iraq.

The group is also printing 100,000 copies of a prayer book designed to fit in the breast pocket of a military uniform. The book also includes introductions from Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of the archdiocese and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

Anderson said the donation of rosaries and prayer books was a show of solidarity with the troops. The Knights, he said, has a history of such support, stretching back to World War I when the organization operated rest-and-recreation centers for troops in Europe under the banner, "Everybody Welcome. Everything Free."

"The Knights of Columbus joins others the world over in praying for a peace," Anderson said. "We also pray for the swift and safe return of our troops who are laying down their lives for others in acts of charity and service."

Founded in 1882, the 1.6-million-member Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization.