Knights, Yankee Stadium, Peace Corps and the Special Olympics

The Knights of Columbus purchased for $2.5 million the land on which Yankee Stadium is built.  Papal Masses in the United States have taken place at the Yankee Stadium (Pope Paul VI in 1965, JPII in 1979 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2005).

Commemorative Placards for Papal Masses at the Yankee Stadium
Commemorative Placards for Papal Masses at the Yankee Stadium

Sargent Shriver, a member of the Knights, is pictured with a map of Africa after his appointment as the first director of the Peace Corps in 1961.  His wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded Special Olympics, which has drawn support from the Knights since the organization began in 1968.

Sargent Shriver, Founder of the Peace Corps
Sargent Shriver, Founder of the Peace Corps

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