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first_imgAt a Mass for immigrants and refugees at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Monday night, associate professor of theology Fr. Daniel Groody said the United States’ and Catholics’ attitude towards immigrants and refugees is of utmost importance.Katelyn Valley | The Observer “What is at stake now is not just our politics, but our very salvation,” he said. The Mass was sponsored by Campus Ministry, the Office of the President and Student Government. University president Fr. John Jenkins presided, and student government leaders and Notre Dame Right to Life president Aly Cox read prayers and scripture, respectively. The Mass came little more than a week after President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning the issuance of visas to nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and stopping the admission of refugees for 120 days, in order to review the country’s immigration vetting process. The order, which a federal judge temporarily stayed over the weekend allowing some visa holders to enter the country, sparked protests around the world and in South Bend. It also created uncertainty for the approximately 30 students from the seven countries at Notre Dame as to whether they would be able to return home and come back, or get a job in this country. In his homily, Groody, who is also the director of Immigration Initiatives at the Institute of Latino Studies and has written and edited several books about immigration, directly addressed the executive order, focusing primarily on its effect on refugees. He recalled Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa, where many refugees arrive in unsafe boats, in 2013. Groody said the Mass reflected Francis’ compassion for refugees.  “We care about issues of national security, the future of our country,” Groody said. “We care about human insecurity and justice and peace around the world. At the same time, we are troubled by the decisions of our political leaders, decisions being made to build walls and close doors. But our readings remind us that as we build walls around our identities, we build walls around our hearts and keep God out as well.” Groody compared the United States’ intake of Syrian refugees to that of Jordan and Germany, who have resettled 1 million each; Lebanon, which has resettled 2 million, and Turkey, which has resettled 3 million. The U.S. has resettled 18,000. “Now our leaders say even this is too much, that this must change to keep us safe, to protect our homes, to ‘Make America Great Again.’ On the surface this is appealing, seductive rhetoric, for who would not want to be safe and secure and prosperous?” he said. “But … closing our doors not only deprives a stranger in need, it diminishes who we are personally and collectively.” Groody said attending to the needs of people both within and outside U.S. borders is a key part of Catholic Social Teaching. “Even if a country has a political right to control its borders, it also has a moral responsibility to be in the world and to do good for the world,” he said. Groody, quoting French diplomat and writer Alexis de Tocqueville, said part of what makes America great is its goodness. “Let me say this even more strongly,” he said. “The current executive order is not just about migrants and refugees, but the core values of our country and the shaping of the soul of our nation and presently betrays the foundational principles of our forefathers.” “Immigration is not our central problem,” he added. “Immigration is rather a symptom of deeper problems, like war, poverty, human rights violations, religious intolerance. Underneath these is what Pope Francis calls the ‘globalization of indifference’ — the feeling that, ‘The migrant and refugee crisis is not my problem. It’s not my concern,’ and in this case it’s not America’s responsibility.” Groody quoted Pope Francis’ 2013 sermon at Lampedusa at length, in which the Pope asked forgiveness for the world’s indifference to the migrant crisis.“In so many ways Francis reminds us that when we become so used to the suffering of others we lose to the ability to lament, we’ve lost something of our own humanity,” he said. “We’re not here to talk about politics but to proclaim and to live the Gospel, even and especially when there are ramifications relating to the political discord of our society.” Groody invoked Jesus Christ as both an example of an immigrant and as a model of compassion. “So we do so not just out of humanitarian concern, but response to the God who first showed us and came to our world as a migrant from Nazareth.”At Pope Francis’ Mass in Lampedusa in 2013, a special chalice was used which was made from driftwood from a recent shipwreck that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of migrants. One of the chalices used for communion wine at the Notre Dame mass was also made of driftwood from Lampedusa, as well as mesquite wood from the American Southwest, another site of mass migration. Those attending the Mass were also encouraged to touch a piece of a boat placed in the center aisle of the Basilica, process to the Grotto after the Mass for further prayer and then attend an information session and short film about Syrian refugees at LaFortune Student Center.Tags: Donald Trump, executive order, Immigration, Mass for Immigration and Refugees, President Donald Trump, Refugeeslast_img read more

first_img“But, out of an abundance of caution … and the possibility that students could be impacted by smoke inhalation, they evacuated the building,” Thomas said. The Los Angeles Fire Department received a call at 8:31 p.m. The fire was extinguished 12 minutes later. “There was brown paper on the windows, so you couldn’t actually see into it,” Pizzurro said. “I looked through the cracks and there was clearly a fire.” Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Rodney Peacock said firefighters had to force entry into the building because of  a padlock on the door. Department of Public Safety Chief John Thomas said the fire was caused by open construction material in a wheelbarrow. LAFD said it is investigating what caused the material to ignite. Trader Joe’s and Target were evacuated, along with the Cowlings and Ilium residential colleges. “We don’t believe that there has been any arson or anything like that,” Thomas said. “It probably was just materials that should have been better contained.”   “I saw flames through the door and then I saw the firefighters chainsawing the door down,” said freshman Linda Guite, who was returning to her dorm from CAVA. “I thought it was a drill at first, but then I saw the actual flames.”center_img Following reports that students waited over 45 minutes to individually scan their fingerprints after an evacuation last week, evacuated students were readmitted to the building last night by showing their USC IDs, Cowlings and Ilium residents said. This was the second fire in a week that forced students to evacuate from Building #9 in USC Village. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) Thomas said LAFD put out the fire immediately after arriving on the scene. Sophomore Greg Pizzurro, who was one of the first to spot the fire, said he reported it to a DPS officer after seeing flames through the windows of the Workshop Salon + Boutique unit, which is currently under construction. Residents were allowed to re-enter shortly after the smoke was blown out of the building. Students and employees at USC Village were asked to evacuate Building #9 after a small fire broke out in an unfinished unit near Trader Joe’s Tuesday night.last_img read more

first_imgThe Tipperary club have won the League with a game to spare. The full time score was Clonmel 34 Cobh Pirates 7.Stephen Gleeson was at the match for Tipp FM Sport. Clonmel coach Denis Leamy spoke to Stephen Gleeson after the game.last_img

first_imgLast Updated: 29th August, 2020 22:43 IST Khel Ratnas To Get Rs 25 Lakh; Arjuna & Dronacharya Awardees 15 Lakh Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on the occasion of National Sports Day on Saturday announced an enhancement in the prize money in four of the seven categories Amid Covid-19 pandemic resulting in economic slashdown and cuts, this comes as a fresh air. In an incredible decision by Sports Ministry, believe it or not, the prize money for the Khel Ratna Award has been increased to Rs 25 lakh from the previous amount of Rs 7.5 lakh, Arjuna and Dronacharya (Lifetime) awards have been enhanced to Rs 15 lakh from Rs 5 lakh.Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on the occasion of National Sports Day on Saturday announced an enhancement in the prize money in four of the seven categories of the National Sports and Adventure Awards. READ | Rijiju Defends Govt’s Decision To Confer Sports Awards To Record 74 WinnersWhile Dhronacharya (Regular) will be given Rs 10 lakh instead of Rs 5 lakh per awardee. Dhyanchand Awardees will be given Rs 10 lakh instead of Rs 5 lakh.“The prize money for the Sports Awards was last reviewed in 2008. These amounts should be reviewed once every 10 years at least. If professionals in every field have seen an enhancement in their earnings, why not our sportspersons,” Rijiju said.Sports Minister also paid a floral tribute to the statue of Dhyan Chand on the occasion of the hockey legend’s 115th Birth Anniversary at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium this morning. READ | National Sports Day: Amit Shah Salutes Sportspersons, Lauds PM’s Khelo India Initiative”Today is a very important day for all of us, especially the sporting fraternity.  Major Dhyan Chand’s three consecutive gold medals for India and his exemplary skills and determination makes every Indian proud. On the occasion of this National Sports Day, the govt confers the awards and I would like to congratulate all the award winners for the accolades and honours they have brought to India,” Rijiju mentioned.Asked why the number of sports awardees this year have increased significantly, with 74 awards being given in 7 categories,  he said, “The performance of our athletes in the international level has become better. When our players perform better, they have to be recognized and rewarded. If the Govt doesn’t recognize their achievements, it will discourage every budding sporting talent we have in India. So, compared to the previous years, the performances of the Indian athletes have gone up considerably and as a result, the number of award winners have also gone up,” the Sports Minister said. READ | National Sports Day Quotes 2020 To Share On Major Dhyan Chand’s Birth Anniversary”Secondly, there should be a proper process in which you make a choice. For the sports awards, the committee was headed by a Supreme Court judge and all the renowned people from the field of sports. When they take a call there is intense deliberation, discussion and there are set guidelines on the basis of which they have used their judgment. There might be disappointments on certain occasions but sports awards are not for one year. It is the cumulative performance of four years. So if any sportsperson is left out because of other contenders in the same category, it is rewarded next year. The cumulative performance of four years is taken up. The Minister doesn’t decide the awards, the Minister only gives the consent on behalf of the Govt but it is the technical committee which decides,” he said.Rijiju also paid his commiserations to late athletics coach Purushotham Rai, who passed away last night after a massive heart attack. The Bengaluru based coach was due to get the Dronacharya Award during Saturday’s virtual ceremony in person from Bengaluru.READ | National Sports Day 2020: History, Significance And Importance Of The Day In India 1 week ago Khel Ratna, Arjuna awards to be conferred virtually on Aug 29 First Published: 29th August, 2020 12:09 IST Suman Ray Written By 1 week ago Rohit Sharma expresses gratitude on Khel Ratna Award, says ‘It is a big motivating factor’ SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TVcenter_img FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE COMMENT 1 week ago National Sports Day: Amit Shah salutes sportspersons, lauds PM’s Khelo India Initiative 2 weeks ago Khel Ratna Award: Vinesh Phogat, Manika recommended for India’s highest sporting honour 2 weeks ago Tamil Nadu Guv Purohit lauds Mariyappan Thangavelu on winning Khel ratna awardlast_img read more

first_imgGuinea have followed up their verbal  interest in hosting either the 2019 or 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with an official bid submitted to the Confederation Of African Football on Thursday the country’s football officials have announced in Conakry.A four-man delegation including minister of sports Sanoussy Bantama Sow and FA chairman Salifou Camara were said to have travelled to the Cairo headquarters of CAF to deliver documents to show how serious they are to host the continent’s biggest football fiesta.DocumentsThe documents submitted by the Guinean officials included motivations and guarantees from the government to host either of the tournaments.-We believe it is time that the Africa Cup of Nations comes to our country, Guinea,” Camara said in a statement.-We are hopeful this will be a reality and it will contribute to the development of infrastructure and grassroots football. HistoricIf finally given the nod, it will be an historic moment for Guinea that has never won or hosted the Africa Cup of Nations. The Syli National’s best performance in the showpiece event in Africa was in Ethiopia in 1976, when they finished as runners-up against winners Morocco.last_img read more

first_imgDemocratic presidential candidate Cory Booker is in Iowa on this Thanksgiving Eve to help prepare and serve lunch at a homeless shelter and host a discussion about building a supportive community in a diverse Des Moines neighborhood.Booker, a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, said it’s about showing the kind of values he’d bring to the White House and being thankful for his lot in life.“I have a definition of faith that says when you come to the end of all the light you know and you’re about to step into the darkness of a new challenge, faith is knowing that one of two things that will happen,” Booker told Radio Iowa. “Either you’ll find solid ground underneath you or the universe will send you people that will help you fly.”Booker had a surge of campaign contributions after his appearance in last week’s televised debate. He’s now spending money on campaign ads here, in hopes of boosting his standing in public opinion polls — so he can qualify to participate in the next candidate debate in December.“On the metrics that matter in Iowa — from local leaders endorsing us, the quality of our team, even being in recent polls about number three in net favorability — we’ve got the kind of ingredients to win in the Caucuses,” Booker said, “but the way the debate stage is set up, it’s about polling.”Booker’s campaign manager has said the radio ads and digital ads on social media are about turning “curiosity” about Booker into support in the polls.“When you see in Iowa TV commercials from everybody from Tom Steyer to Mayor Pete, they’re lifting up their polling numbers with those persuasive ads,” Booker said, “and we’ve got to start investing in some of that as well to make sure people know who I am and get them even more interested in my candidacy.”last_img read more