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Knights Worldwide Are #FollowingMary


By Andrew Butler

Knights worldwide are using the hashtag #FollowingMary to spread devotion to the Blessed Mother while raising awareness for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

During the Supreme Convention last August in Baltimore, the Knights of Columbus launched its 18th Marian Prayer Program—this year featuring an icon of “Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians,” created by Italian artist Fabrizio Diomedi. The icon was recently blessed by Pope Francis himself.

Each state deputy will host an icon and share it with local councils throughout their jurisdictions. The icon will serve as the centerpiece for prayer services intended to raise awareness of the plight of Christians persecuted for their faith and to stand in prayerful solidarity with them.

As the icons travel on their individual journeys, we encourage Knights to track their experiences by posting photos to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FollowingMary. The Supreme Council will share many of these photos on its own social media accounts in an effort to unite Christians around the world in prayer.

The prayer program is the latest in a series of efforts undertaken by the Knights of Columbus to aid those who suffer for their faith. Since its inception in 2014 the Christian Refugee Relief Fund has raised and distributed close to $20 million to help feed and clothe needy families in the Middle East and to resettle and rebuild villages destroyed by ISIS.

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Action Steps

Interview with the artist of the icon

Pope Francis Blesses the Marian icon

Check out the latest #FollowingMary posts