Connecticut group printing 350K programs for papal Mass

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis waves as arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Francis, speaking Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, from Rome via satellite to people in three American cities, asked a teenage girl to sing for him as he sought prayers for his upcoming trip to the United States. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — When Pope Francis leads a Mass in Philadelphia later this month, the crowd will be following along with programs made in Connecticut by the Knights of Columbus.

The Catholic men’s organization is printing 350,000 programs at its New Haven plant for the papal Mass on Sept. 27. Production began last Friday and is expected to be complete this Friday. The group is donating its services, which would be valued at more than $100,000.

Knights of Columbus officials say they were asked to print the programs by organizers of the pope’s visit, who liked the booklet the organization made for its annual meeting in Philadelphia last month.

The 24-page program for the papal Mass contains prayers, readings and music for the service and includes portions in English, Greek, Spanish and Vietnamese. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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