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The Knights of Columbus, Archbishop 
Hughes Council 481, and The Tablet are inviting students graduating  from Catholic elementary and high schools in Brooklyn and Queens this  spring to write an essay with the theme: The Responsibility of the 
Catholic Citizen in a Free Society.

Here are the details: Eighth graders and high school seniors are  called upon in their essays to define the role of the Catholic  citizen in a free society. Under the overall theme, the topic to be  reflected upon and discussed is inspired by Pope John Paul II's  words in Christifideles Laici: "Above all, the common outcry, which  is justly made on behalf of human rights - for example, the right to  health, to home, to work, to family, to culture - is false and  illusory if the right to life, the most basic fundamental right and  the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with 
maximum determination."

The following passages from encyclicals and papal documents may be  used to stimulate the development of essays:  Pope Benedict XVI's  Welcoming the Young People, World Youth Day XX; Pope John Paul II's  Centesimus Annus, 39; Pope John Paul II's Christifideles Laici,  37-38, 42; Pope John Paul II's Evangelium Vitae, 34, 40, 69-72,  75-76, 92, 101; the Second Vatican Council's Gaudium Et Spes,  Preface: 1, Part I, Chapter 1: 12, 16-17; Part I, Chapter II: 24, 29,  Part II, Chapter IV: 75; Pope Paul VI's Populorum Progressio, 14-17, 
22-23; and Pope John Paul II's Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 39. These  documents are available at

Essays should be approximately 500 words, typed on 8 1/2" x 11"  paper, one side, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. The student's  name, home address and telephone number, school name and grade, 
should appear on a cover sheet.

The deadline is Friday, April 3, by 4 p.m. One entry is permitted per  student.

Essays will be judged in two divisions: elementary and high school.  Winners will be selected based on grammar/style, content and the  overall impression conveyed.

Cash prizes will be awarded in June to the top three entries in each  division, totaling six winners in all. First prize: $200; second  prize: $100; and third prize: $50.

Students may submit essays via postal mail to: Catholic Citizenship  Contest, c/o Marie Elena Giossi, The Tablet, 310 Prospect Park West,  Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215; via e-mail to; or fax to 
718-965-7337 (Call to confirm receipt).

For more information, call 718-965-7300 ext. 2020 or e-mail

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