University to host immigration conference

first_imgNotre 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, reformlast_img read more

Dodgers let big early lead slip away in loss to Rangers

first_imgUP NEXT: Dodgers (LHP Alex Wood) at Padres (RHP Garrett Richards), Monday, 1:10 p.m., Peoria Sports Complex, SportsNet LA, AM 570Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire THE GAME: The Texas Rangers scored eight runs in their last three at-bats, erasing a 7-1 lead and handing the Dodgers a 9-8 defeat Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.PITCHING REPORT: Julio Urias was sharp in his first start (second appearance) of the spring. He allowed one hit in three scoreless innings, striking out three, walking one and hitting a batter. … Kenley Jansen gave up his first run of the spring on a solo home run by Todd Frazier. … Bullpen candidate Adam Kolarek didn’t help his cause in the fifth inning, allowing four runs on a single, double, walk and three-run homer by Nick Solak, a right-handed hitter. With the new three-batter minimum rule in place, the lefty specialist Kolarek is being evaluated this spring for his ability to retire right-handed hitters. … Dennis Santana continued to impress, turning in his sixth scoreless appearance of the spring. He replaced Kolarek and struck out the only batter he faced.HITTING REPORT: Will Smith was 2 for 19 before a two-run double in the first inning. … Cody Thomas hit his fifth home run of the spring. That ties for the Cactus League lead. … The Rangers struggled with a bright sun, leading to a three-run inning for the Dodgers in the fourth. Gavin Lux and Zach McKinstry had clean singles. But AJ Pollock’s pop fly dropped in, scoring a run, and Corey Seager’s fly ball to center field was lost in the sun, allowing another run to score. … Seager was 2 for 3 and is batting .333 (7 for 21) this spring.INJURY REPORT: Former Dodgers prospect Willie Calhoun, who was traded to the Rangers as part of the Yu Darvish deal in 2017, was hit in the face by a pitch from Urias in the first inning. The 95-mph fastball appeared to catch the side of Calhoun’s helmet and the right side of his jaw. Calhoun remained on his knees near home plate for some time as trainers treated him. He was eventually helped off the field and taken to a Phoenix hospital. A CT scan showed Calhoun suffered a fracture in his jaw. Calhoun and Urias were teammates at Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2017. “I wasn’t myself after that,” Urias said of the fastball that got away from him. The two were teammates in OKC in 2017 and after the inning Urias asked Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor for Calhoun’s phone number so he can check on him. “He’s going to be in my prayers,” Urias said through an interpreter. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more