Remarks of Salesian Father Giuseppe Costa

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Remarks of
Salesian Father Giuseppe Costa,
Director of Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV)

Your Eminences, Excellencies, Monsignors, Clergy, Religious, Honorable Knights, and all of you here present.

It is an honor for me to welcome you for the presentation of this book. My sincere and deepest welcome goes in a particular way to Mr. Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight.

With this welcome, I would like to say a word of thanks to the Knights of Columbus for their immense collaboration with the Libreria Editrice Vaticana. It is really a collaboration that is manifested in the preparation of projects and work together such as: the English version of the complete works of Saint John Paul II, the tow volumes dedicated Our Lady of Guadalupe, the volume entitled A Civilization of Love, by Carl Anderson, and lastly the one devoted to the founder of the Knights of Columbus, the venerable Father Michael McGivney.

The present publication, for which we are here today, aims particularly to manifest the faith of American Catholics that dedicate themselves to focus the reality that passes between faith and brotherly love. We can say that was the life of Father Michael McGivney who worked and founded the Knights of Columbus to help and save several families who were discriminated against because of their faith.

American Catholicism is rich of pastoral, charitable and catechetical experiences. However, these experiences are little known in Italy and other countries of non speaking Anglo-American language. To have a knowledge of several American experiences in the field of Evangelization, of welcoming others, of exercising charitable works, as for example, in large cities or where poverty reigns, would be not only an opportunity, but a richness for all of us.

The Libreria Editrice Vaticana (Vatican Publishing House), thanks to the open willingness of the Knights of Columbus, as well as the attention and support of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and numerous support of American Catholic Publishers such as: Our Sunday Visitor, Paulist Press, The Word Among Us, Franciscan Media, Ignatius Press, and several others, manages to give its contribution in rendering the Tiber and the Potomac close together and not so far.

For all our collaboration and our working together that renders work easy and destroys distance, there is only one expression that I can say: Thank You.