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The Fourth of July is a day of celebration, but it is also an ideal time to reflect on our freedoms and the sacrifices our service men and women have made to sustain them — men like Master Sgt. Pablo H. Villesca who witnessed Afghanistan's first free, direct elections.
Catholics and Buddhists from five U.S. cities have issued a joint statement — a new, practical approach to interreligious dialogue — expressing their commitment to work together to help lift their communities out of poverty and remedy other social ills in their neighborhoods.
The volunteerism of the Knights of Columbus and the fraternal organization's fundraising for charitable works fit right in with Pope Francis' emphasis on the idea of "a church of and for the poor," according to Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.