Board of Directors Expresses Solidarity with Poland

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4/10/2010

Resolution Concerning the Crash of a Plane Carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski

Polish President Lech Kaczynski with Pope Benedict XVI.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski with Pope Benedict XVI. (CNS)

WHEREAS, In the early morning of Saturday, April 10, 2010, a plane carrying dozens of Poland’s top political and military leaders crashed while attempting to land in Smolensk, Russia, for a ceremony commemorating the murder of more than 22,000 Polish officers in Katyn Forest by the Soviet secret police after the Red Army invaded Poland; and

WHEREAS, Among the passengers who perished was the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, and the Military Ordinary of Poland, His Excellency Bishop Tadeusz Ploski, both of whom extended strong support for the establishment of the Knights of Columbus in Poland; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus, express our profound sadness at the tragic loss of life suffered this day; and

FURTHER, that we express our prayerful solidarity with the people of Poland, particularly our brother Knights of Columbus in Poland, at this tragic moment and in the days ahead as the country recovers from this devastating loss of leadership; and

FURTHER, that the final Mass of this meeting, on Divine Mercy Sunday, be celebrated by the Supreme Chaplain Bishop William E. Lori for the peaceful repose of the souls of all those who were killed in this tragedy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that these sentiments be spread in the minutes of this meeting of the Board of Directors held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 9, 10, and 11, 2010.

Supreme Knight’s Statement