Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) will host “The Church and Immigration” conference next week in McKenna Hall Conference Center, which will focus on the role of the Catholic Church in immigration reform. Keri O’Mara | The Observer Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C, associate professor of theology and director of the Immigration Initiative at the ILS, said the conference aims to promote the increasing importance of immigration reform, highlight the ethical issues involved and make connections to the gospel of Jesus Christ.“235,000,000 people are migrating around the world today, and in the United States alone 10 to 12 million of those are undocumented,” Groody said. “If Notre Dame as a Catholic university had nothing to say about this, how would it be credible as a university or a Catholic institution?”The conference will explore what roles the Catholic Church can play in redefining immigration policies and practices, Groody said.“Part of what has made America the great country that it is are the immigrants who have helped make it what it is today,” Groody said. “The focus of this conference is on what the Church has done, is doing and can better do in response to this challenging and important issue.”The ILS will host various speakers, including several bishops and University President Fr. John Jenkins, and will hold workshops such as “Human Trafficking” and “Immigrant Voters and the Changing American Electorate.”Groody said the United States can do more to aid immigration reform.“People migrate because of economic need, the violation of human rights, weak juridical structures, environmental disasters and many other reasons,” he said. “While the United States cannot accept every migrant in need, there is much more it can do.”Groody said the conference is born of out of principles of Catholic Social Teaching, which are based directly with the dignity of the human person.“However one identifies oneself in liberal or conservative terms, the heart of Catholic Social Teaching deals with justice in the world and building a peaceful society,” Groody said. “Catholic universities should have a role in that process. Notre Dame is involved in this issue because this is both a national and global issue of significant importance.”Colleen Cross, project coordinator of the conference, said the initiative critically engages the issue of immigration in the United States.“Building on Notre Dame’s long-standing commitment to a faith that does justice, as well as the significance of immigration in Latino communities, the Immigration Initiative seeks to highlight the Church’s commitment to immigrants and immigration reform in the United States,” she said.The conference will run from March 2 through 5.Tags: Church and Immigration, Immigration, immigration reform, reform
BACOLOD City – A man was shot to deathin Barangay Camansi, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Sola was brought to the Dr. GumersindoGarcia Sr. Memorial Hospital in Kabankalan City where he was declared “dead onarrival.” According to police investigators,Sola was driving a vehicle when four unidentified suspects peppered him withbullets around 5 p.m. on Sunday. Officers of the Kabankalan City policestation have yet to identify the suspects and the motive in the shooting./PN Four empty cartridges of a .45-caliberfirearm were recovered from the crime scene, the report added. The 38-year-old John Paul Sola ofKabankalan City died of gunshot wounds on the body, a police report showed.
Argentina legend Diego Maradona has launched a scathing attack on American referee Mark Geiger following England’s World Cup victory over Colombia.The Three Lions came through a feisty encounter on penalties, but the referee has received plenty of criticism from South America in the aftermath.The latest comments come from Maradona, himself not a saint by any means, who claims he witnessed a ‘theft’ in Moscow. Speaking on Argentinian television after the game, he said: ‘I saw a monumental theft. I apologise to all the Colombian people, but they must know the players are not to blame.‘It is the man who decides who the referee is who is to blame. A man like that (Geiger) should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude.‘With all due respect, Pierluigi Collina, as the man who designates the referees, he is very bad. He must apologise to the Colombian people.’Maradona went on to explain what he would do better if he worked for FIFA, before claiming that American Geiger knows more about US sport baseball than football.‘I told (FIFA president) Gianni Infantino that if I worked for FIFA I would change everything,’ Maradona noted. ‘It has to be transparent. That’s why I didn’t go there.‘The referee will know a lot about baseball, but he has no idea about football. The Colombian players asked for VAR and he did not give it to them.‘Twice the English threw themselves to the ground and he did not admonish them. This was theft.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram