Knights Acknowledged by Vatican in 1895

In 1895, the Vatican’s first acknowledgment of the Knights comes when Archbishop Francesco Satolli, apostolic delegate to the United States, writes a letter extolling the “merits of this splendid Catholic organization” and giving the Order his apostolic blessing.

Archbishop Francesco Satolli
Archbishop Francesco Satolli

By the beginning of the 20th century, the fledgling Order was growing dramatically. Councils had been chartered throughout the United States and Canada, and international expansion continued to Mexico and the Philippines in 1905, along with Cuba and Panama in 1909.

Knights of Columbus Council #1000 marks the international expansion into the Philippines in 1905.

Knights of Columbus Charter for the 1st Council in the Philippines
Knights of Columbus Charter for the 1st Council in the Philippines

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