ZENIT—The World Seen From Rome 8/12/13

Building a Civilization of Love

Cardinal Sean O’Malley Delivers Keynote Address at Knights

of Columbus Convention

By Junno Arocho Esteves

SAN ANTONIO, August 09, 2013 (Zenit.org) – On Tuesday,
Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, delivered the
keynote address at the 131st Annual Convention of the
Knights of Columbus (KofC) which is currently being held in
San Antonio, Texas. The cardinal reflected on “The New
Evangelization in the Pontificate of Pope Francis.
Cardinal O’Malley began by thanking the KofC for their work in
spreading the faith while promoting a culture of Life. Recalling
the recent World Youth Day in Rio, the Cardinal also thanked
the Knights of Columbus for sponsoring the catechesis held for
English-speaking pilgrims.
“We were all overwhelmed by the Mass on the beach at
Copacabana where a throng of young Catholics that equaled
the entire population of Ireland gathered around the successor
of Saint Peter, our new Holy Father Pope Francis, the first
Pope from the Americas, whose spirit of compassion and love
is touching people’s hearts all over the world,” Cardinal
O’Malley recalled.
Pope Francis, he continued, continues the work of his
predecessors by challenging all to continue the New
Evangelization with new zeal especially for those most in
need. The cardinal recalled his work with immigrants in
Washington, D.C., recounting the difficulty that a Salvadoran
migrant had in sending money to his family.
“The immigrants,” Cardinal O’Malley said, “turn to the Church
as their spiritual family, and for their part have contributed so
much joy and vitality.”
The Challenges of the New Evangelization

While speaking on the various missionary experiences in the
world, the Archbishop of Boston told the Knights of Columbus
that the most difficult missions are not found in indigenous
areas but in countries in the Western World where
secularization and dechristianization are “gaining ground.”
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