.- The Knights of Columbus announced yesterday that it will sponsor a spiritual pilgrimage with Pope Benedict XVI as he travels to Turkey next month.
âOnly a few Catholics can physically travel with the Holy Father to Turkey,â Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said, âbut millions of us can be united with him in prayer during his pilgrimage for peace.â
Knights, their families, and all Catholics are being asked to pray daily for the Pontiff during the trip, which begins Nov. 28 and ends Dec. 1.
Knights will begin offering special prayers for the Popeâs intentions, starting Nov. 26, the Sunday before the Popeâs departure. The Knights are distributing prayer cards, written by the Orderâs Supreme Chaplain, Bishop William Lori. They and others joining in the spiritual pilgrimage will say the prayer each day during the Popeâs trip.
The prayer asks that the Popeâs visit bring about âdeeper ties of understanding, cooperation, and peace among Roman Catholics, the Orthodox, and those who profess Islam.â It also asks that the Pope be kept safe from all harm.
Anderson said the Knights are also invoking Our Lady of Fatima to intercede for the Pope during this journey. âMary is regarded with special esteem by people of the Islamic faith,â Anderson explained.
For the prayer, go to www.kofc.org