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Week of January 21, 2002
Knights donate $1M for Confession facilities
By ART BABYCH
Canadian Catholic News
The Knights of Columbus has donated $1 million to pay for costs linked to the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the 17th World Youth Day being held in Toronto July 23-28.
Carl Anderson, the supreme knight of the international organization based in New Haven, Conn., presented the cheque to Bishop Anthony Meagher of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, at a joint national and international meeting Jan 10-13 in preparation for WYD.
The main location for confessions during WYD will be at Coronation Park outside the eastern end of Exhibition Place. The City of Toronto has agreed to rename the area Duc in Altum ("Set Out Into the Deep") Park for the week. The Latin phrase is the theme of Pope John Paul's Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Inuente (At the Beginning of the Third Millennium).
Father Thomas Rosica, national director of World Youth Day 2002, told the representatives from 51 countries, "Today's donation will ensure that thousands of young Catholics will rediscover the riches and blessings of the sacrament of Reconciliation at WYD."
In presenting the cheque, Anderson quoted from the pope's book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, in which he referred to Christ as one who walks alongside everyone as a friend who can be counted on.
Anderson said the gift is made on behalf of "the 1.6 million members of the Knights of Columbus and our families who through our programs for the Church and society, attempt to live Christ's call to be the 'salt of the earth and the light of the world' every day."
Some of the donated money is to go toward producing stoles for the priests to wear during Confessions. They are to be made by a handicraft cooperative of Mayan women in Los Altos de Chiapas, Mexico.
About 2,000 priests are expected to hear Confessions during WYD, with 300 priests available at any given time.