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Discussion — "Migration and Catholic Social Teaching: Welcome, Protect, Promote, and Integrate"

Thursday, April 25, 2024 4:00–5:00 PM
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    How does the Catholic Church approach global migration? How should a Catholic university approach global migration?
    Join us for this session highlighting the Catholic Church's teaching on migration, the Church's pastoral concern for migrants, and the priorities of Pope Francis and the Dicastery for Integral Human Development. How should these values and priorities inform Notre Dame’s response to global migration?
    The University has committed to creating a new initiative on global migration to be housed at the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs. This discussion is an important part of the planning process to ensure that Notre Dame will make a unique contribution to the study of migration focused on the dignity of the human person.
    Co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.


    Fr. Fabio Baggio, Dicastery for Integral Human Development
    Father Baggio is a missionary priest of the Scalabrini Order. Since January 2017, he has served as co-under-secretary of the Migrants & Refugees Section of the Holy See’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD). In 2022, Father Baggio was appointed "Undersecretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development." He holds a license in Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. During his early missionary work, Father Baggio worked as a consultant on migration with the Chilean Bishops Conference; he subsequently was director of the Buenos Aires Archdiocese’s Department of Migration.


    Bishop Mark Seitz, Catholic Diocese of El Paso
    As a prelate serving a borderland community whose sister city is Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Bishop Seitz has focused his work and heart on the poor and vulnerable, including migrant families and refugees who have made their home in this region or who choose the community as their point of passage. The bishop believes that migrants add inestimable value to the communities where they choose to live and that parishes and community members should welcome them with compassion, love and solidarity. Bishop Seitz he serves as chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration.


    Rev. Daniel Groody, C.S.C., Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
    Father Groody is an internationally recognized theologian with a focus on migration issues. He has authored or edited eight books on poverty, justice, and migration, including Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit and his most recent book, A Theology of Migration: The Bodies of Refugees and the Body of Christ (with a forward by Pope Francis). Groody has worked with U.S. Congress, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches, the Vatican, and the United Nations on migration and justice issues.

    Photo:  “Angels Unawares” sculpture commemorating migrants and refugees in St. Peter’s Square" by Catholic Church (England and Wales) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
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