PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — The Knights of Columbus announced it would launch a new phase in its efforts on behalf of persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.

To date, the fraternal organization has donated more than $3 million in humanitarian aid to assist them and will to launch a national TV ad campaign to draw more attention to their plight.

Plans for the ad campaign were announced at a news conference on the opening day of the Knights’ 133rd Supreme Convention in Philadelphia.

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