VATICAN CITY, MAY 19, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is the description of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights which appears in the Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
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Official name: International Alliance of Catholic Knights
History: IACK was founded in the United Kingdom by the Orders of Catholic Knights from Britain, the United States, Ireland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. It was approved by the Holy See in 1981 as a Catholic international organization, and is an associate member of the Conference of International Catholic Organizations.
As an nongovernmental organization, it is represented at the United Nations. On April 14, 1992, the Pontifical Council for the Laity issued a decree recognizing the International Alliance of Catholic Knights as an international association of the faithful of Pontifical right.
Identity: The purpose of IACK is to bring the message of Christ to all people; to support the Pope and the bishops, priests and religious throughout the world; to nurture the faith of its members and of Catholics in general, encouraging them to play a generous part in the life and mission of the Church; to foster the unity of its members through prayer, and to promote the establishment of orders of Catholic knights where they do not yet exist.
It is strongly committed to defending the dignity of life in every phase, promoting social justice, and calling for vigilance in relation to genetic engineering, cloning and their unpredictable consequences. In its evangelizing work, IACK gives ample scope to cooperating with other Catholic international organizations.
Organization: IACK is governed by the international council comprising the supreme knights of all the member orders, international president, the deputy president, the secretary general and the international ecclesiastical assistant. The international council elects its officers and lays down policy and decides on the association’s activities.
Membership: IACK has a membership of 15 Orders of Catholic Knights in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania.
Publications: Newschannel, published eight times a year
Web site: www.kykofc.com
International Alliance of Catholic Knights
42 Westward Ho, Grimsby
North East Lincolnshire
DN34 5AE, United Kingdom
Tel. and Fax: (44) 1472.872988
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