Catholics throughout the Americas must embrace each other as their brothers and sisters in faith regardless of their ethnic background, the leader of the Knights of Columbus told tens of the thousands of people on May 19.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson made the remarks while addressing participants at the Rosary Bowl, an event held in honor of the Virgin Mary to whom the month of May is dedicated by Catholics.
Anderson called the Americas “the Catholic hemisphere” because of their high Catholic population and rich Catholic heritage. "It is here that the Church faces a bright future," he said.
"Hispanics in the Church are not an abstraction, they are our fellow parishioners," he said “Our Lady of Guadalupe points us to her son, but she also points us to unity in her son and for Catholics this unity must transcend borders.”
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest lay Catholic organization with more than 1.7 million members worldwide.