In response to Pope Francis’ call for a day of prayer and fasting to promote peace in Syria, Notre Dame community leaders galvanized on-campus participation throughout the day on Saturday. Junior Matthew Caponigro, a member of the Notre Dame Peace Fellowship, explained the importance of Notre Dame’s reaction to the papal declaration for a day of peace and prayer. “It’s especially important that so many people were involved at Notre Dame because Pope Francis called for this day of prayer on the feast day of Our Lady, in whose honor our university is founded,” Caponigro said. The centrality of Saint Mary permeated the event. “Opening prayer took place beneath the outstretched arms of the gilded statue of Mary atop the golden dome, and for closing prayer we met again under the auspice of Mother Mary at the Grotto,” Caponigro said. Caponigro said the fasting portion of Saturday’s events, beginning with a morning prayer at the steps of the Main Building at 10 a.m., was a highlight for participants. “Fasting acts as a first step and leads us to solidarity, as it helps us to empathize with the 120,000 refugees in Jordan uprooted by the conflict and the millions of internally displaced persons in Syria without adequate nourishment,” he said. The Eucharistic adoration, in which participants recognized Christ’s own suffering in a display of empathy, emphasized solidarity between the participants and those in Syria. “The central message is building relationships and peace through encountering each other in this way,” Caponigro said. The fasting period followed morning prayer and lasted until 4:30 p.m., at which point participants from across the campus gathered at the Grotto to offer prayers for peace. Senior Christopher Torres, secretary for the Militia of the Immaculata, said that prayer is about more than recitation. “God gives us unique opportunities in which He offers us graces, a moment when we can ally ourselves with the suffering people in the world, and I felt that I could help participate in that saving action through prayer,” he said. As part of the Pope’s call to peace, Torres said prayer can be used to facilitate action for peace in Syria. “Hopefully, the hearts of the government officials are inspired to move toward dialogue rather than violence,” he said. “We must value the people and their lives. I hope for the consolidation of those who are struggling and facing death, and I pray that God consoles and protects them.” Caponigro said institutions on the Notre Dame campus are already participating in this call to peaceful diplomatic resolutions. “The Kroc Institute is researching the possibilities for peace in Syria,” he said. “The situation in Syria is still incredibly convoluted. That is why it is especially important to turn of prayer because the politics are so complicated – that way we can keep in mind the face of the Syrian people, and pray that any diplomatic move operates within that perspective.”
By Dialogo July 08, 2010 A submarine with the capacity to transport up to twelve tons of drugs was seized on the Ecuadorean border with Colombia, Ecuadorean police and military authorities announced Sunday. “If it were a matter of transporting drugs to different countries, (the submarine’s capacity is) ten to twelve tons,” the head of the anti-narcotics police, Joel Loaiza, told the press. He added that “the drug traffickers, using different methods, continue innovating in their activities in this country.” The custom-made submarine was located empty, near the town of San Lorenzo, in the coastal province of Esmeraldas (in northwestern Ecuador, bordering on Colombia). Another submarine was also seized in May, fifteen meters long by three meters wide and with a capacity of about four tons. That vessel, which was empty and which according to the authorities was used to transport narcotics to the United States and Mexico by way of the Pacific Ocean, was found in the coastal province of El Oro (in southwestern Ecuador, bordering on Peru). Loaiza indicated that the submarine found in San Lorenzo “is much larger” and was located near residential structures capable of housing fifty people and “a special cove where drugs were possibly stored.” At the same time, the head of the Ecuadorean Navy’s Northern Command, Carlos Albuja, declared Sunday that the operation to find the vessel “has been underway for the last week.” He added that the operation was also put into motion “in order to secure other areas where there might possibly be a presence of illegal groups.” Coca-leaf cultivation remains little developed in Ecuador, the Andean country with the least drug production, according to the most recent UN report, released Friday in Quito. “We continue to be a transit country (for drugs), although this isn’t a comfort,” the attorney-general, Washington Pesántez, indicated for his part. Ten laboratories were destroyed in Ecuador in 2009, and 68.5 tons of drugs were seized, including 64 tons of cocaine, according to the police.
The JV Lady Bulldogs traveled to Shelbyville on Saturday to compete in the Golden Bear Invitational. First game up was the Greensburg Lady Pirates.The Lady Bulldogs were up the entire game and lost in heart breaking fashion in the bottom of the seventh as the Lady Pirates came back and scored five runs to defeat the Lady Bulldogs. The final tally was 7-6. Batesville played very well the whole game but the Lady Pirate bats came alive in the seventh as they pounded out five hits and took a walk to complete the comeback.Paige Oldham and Hannah Nunlist led the JV Lady Bulldogs in hitting as each collected two hits a piece. Abby Westerfeld, Chloe Saler, Ainsley Phipps, and Anna Gerth all chipped in with one.Westerfeld was solid on the mound going all seven innings for the Lady Bulldogs punching out nine Lady Pirate hitters.Next up for the Lady Bulldogs was the Milan Lady Indians.The Lady Bulldogs started quickly as they put up three in the bottom half of the first after shutting down Milan. Westerfeld, Nunlist, Saler, and Gerth all had hits in the inning to put the Lady Bulldogs ahead early. The Lady Indians responded with one in the second and three more in the third to put the Lady Indians in front 4-3. In the bottom half of the third, Gwen Martin knotted up the score with a solo homerun that was crushed over the left-center field fence. Milan, however, responded with one run in the fourth and pushed across two more in the fifth to regain the lead at 7-4. The Lady Bulldogs would respond. They exploded for six runs in the fifth inning and added another for good measure in the sixth. Westerfeld shut the door in the seventh striking out three Lady Indians hitters to secure the victory.Martin led the offensive attack for the Lady Bulldogs going 3-3 with the homerun, a double, a single, and a walk. She came around to score four times in the game to lead the team. Westerfeld and Gerth added two hits a piece while Oldham, Saler, McKenzie Laker, Zoe Peters, and Phipps all had one. It was a well balanced attack as every starter for the Lady Bulldogs had a hit in the game.Oldham picked up the win on the bump going five innings for the Lady Bulldogs striking out four Lady Indian hitters. Westerfeld came in for the save pitching the remaining two innings punching out five Lady Indian hitters.Batesville JV softball will next be in action Tuesday evening as they will once again square off against the Milan Lady Indians at home. First pitch will be immediately following the varsity game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Stacey Kessens.