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
Greensburg, IN— Decatur County is still trending as the highest per capita county in Indiana with 107 positive COVID cases and Franklin and Ripley County right behind in being the top counties with positive cases. During Governor Eric Holcomb’s press conference on Thursday, we had the chance to ask what the State is doing to help us stop the spread in Southeastern Indiana. Dr. Kristina Box stated that the team will be headed towards the Southeastern Indiana region in the first part of next week to assist in more testing but are engaged in with the hospitals in the area to increase testing and have couriered test for the region. After investigating, it was found that a nursing home in Decatur County has seen 10 residents pass away since March 28, 5 of those residents in the last four days. Only one of those residents, the first death, as reported by sources, was actually tested and confirmed positive for COVID-19. At Wednesday’s press conference, Dr. Box outlined the states new plan that starts Friday, requiring facilities such as nursing homes, to report all positive and negative test results within 24 hours of results of all patients, residents, and staff as well as report any deaths or suspected COVID-19 related deaths that same group. Dr. Box stated, “I can’t speak to the Decatur County long-term care facility because it is not one that has been on their radar.” Dr. Box said the team will look into the facility. As a reminder, the best way to stop the spread is to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, wear a mask to prevent you spreading asymptomatic germs, use social distancing if you have to go out for essential business, and if you are sick, please not only quarantine yourself from the public, but also others that live in your home.