Washington D.C., Dec 14, 2022 / 13:28 pm
Carl Anderson, the former supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, was honored Tuesday night for the work the charity has done on behalf of Christians in Iraq to help ensure that future generations of Christians will continue to live in what is known as the cradle of Christianity.
In accepting the 2022 Faith and Culture Award from the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) based in New York City, Anderson remembered his former colleague, the late Andrew Walther, who died of leukemia at age 45 in 2020, as a “true hero in this cause.”
“I accept this award on behalf of my brother Knights who in so many ways stood up for our fellow Christians in their time of need, especially my friend and colleague, the late Andrew Walther, who devoted the last six years of his life to the protection of Iraqi Christians — it was his passion, and he is a true hero in this cause,” he said.
Anderson, who served as supreme knight from 2000 to 2021, saw the Knights take a leading role in helping Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq in the wake of the 2014 invasion of Iraq by ISIS. Today, thanks to material support from the Knights, Christians are able to see a future for themselves in Iraq. The establishment of the Catholic University in Erbil, thanks to the Knights, and others, offers young Christians economic opportunity and a reason to stay in Iraq.