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Syrian crisis sparks activism

first_imgIn 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.”last_img read more

Heritage of Hospitality lecture explains the Mass

first_imgSaint Mary’s Campus Ministry hosted the first installation of “A Heritage of Hospitality,” a four-part series exploring the Catholic Mass on Wednesday night. Anne McGowan, the assistant professor of liturgy at the Catholic Theological Union presented “Welcoming God’s Word: From Burning Hearts to Blazing World,” with responses from sophomore Kelly Burke and Marilyn Zugish.Regina Wilson, the director of Campus Ministry, introduced the three speakers and the idea of perceiving the sharing of the Eucharist as an act of hospitality.“At Saint Mary’s, the celebration of the Eucharist is central to our faith life,” Wilson said. “However, as we all know, we are a diverse campus and at times the Eucharist can be experienced as exclusionary and not welcoming. We seek through this project to look at the Eucharist as a practice, to look inside the Eucharist and to understand how it actually shapes us to be people who hospitably welcome and include others in the world.”McGowan spoke on this concept with a lecture calling the audience to listen with “burning hearts.” McGowan said the theme of fire was inspired by an encounter between two disciples and Jesus depicted in the Gospels.“As the title of this talk indicates, we are going to feast on fire this evening,” McGowan said. “It is Christ who calls us, breaks open God’s word with us and for us, feeds us with nothing less than Himself and then sends us out to speak the word of hope to the world and feed whoever we find there who is hungry. When God’s word is proclaimed and interpreted, the people who hear it are set on fire and called to live differently.“Just as sharing stories and engaging in conversation are essential components of a memorable meal that heighten our appreciation of the food, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist are linked together in an enhanced act of devotion. God’s salvation is proclaimed to us in both words and in actions.”Spoken words hold great power, especially when delivered by God, McGowan said. For this reason, the Gospels are read aloud with respect and ceremony, she said.“When God speaks, something happens,” McGowan said. “During Mass, the Gospel in particular is understood as Christ speaking anew to us, and it is for this reason that the Gospel gets the most elaborate ritual treatment among the ancient scriptures. The book of the Gospels is treated with special reverence, and the proclamation of the words of Jesus Christ may be accompanied with candles and incense.”God welcomes people into the Church through Holy Scripture, McGowan said, extending the warmest of welcomes while bringing everyone closer together in a shared experience of hospitality.“The Liturgy of the Word begins with God’s hospitality toward us, in presenting us with these words with the power to change us, offered out of a divine love that is not content to leave us as we are,” McGowan said. “God invites us into closer relationship through Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. And by extension, we are called into deeper relationship with everyone else who God loved into existence and with all of creation. Like a good host, God stands eager to help facilitate these connections for us, opening a vision for a new way of life.”Cultural awareness and inclusion can help the Church cultivate this hospitality, McGowan said, and make the experience of attending Mass one that is accessible to all.“Those who prepare liturgies and those who preach on the readings can exhibit hospitality towards the assembly by being conscious of the diversity of the assembly … and by using preaching where warranted to draw out the relevant Biblical connections,” she said.Despite differences or divisions in the assembly, everyone who attends Mass and listens to the Liturgy of the Word should share an experience of love, McGowan said.“The goal at some level should be falling in love with God,” she said. “After a homily, ask yourself the question, ‘Do you love God more or less than you did before?’ The goal for preachers is to craft a homily inspired by the Holy Spirit that leaves people loving God more.”Tags: heritage of hospitality, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministrylast_img read more

Bulldogs Defeat Pirates In Baseball Action

first_imgTwo Pitchers Team Up As the Bulldogs Shut Out Greensburg.Batesville defeated Greensburg 7-0 on Monday in a big EIAC matchup as two Bulldog pitchers combined to throw a shutout.The starter for the Bulldogs, Alex Roell, earned the win for Batesville. He tossed five and two-thirds innings, allowing zero runs, four hits, and striking out five. Lane Oesterling came in relief for Batesville and pitched one and one-third inning and did not allow a hit.The Bulldogs grabbed an early lead in the first inning and did not look back. Batesville scored on a single by Trey Heidlage in the first inning and a single by Alex McPherson in the second inning.The game was 4-0 entering the seventh, but the Bulldogs scored three runs in the final inning to stretch the lead. Batesville’s big inning was driven by a bunt single by Quinn Werner.McPherson led  Batesville with four hits in five at bats. The Bulldogs didn’t commit a single error in the field. Zach Britton had the most chances in the field with seven.With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 11-8 on the season and 6-2 in the EIAC (2nd place). Batesville will celebrate senior night at Liberty Park on Tuesday, May 2nd at Liberty Park vs. Franklin Central at 5:30 pm.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Hayes cements his legacy in final season

first_imgAfter a rough beginning, Nigel Hayes turned himself and his team around in route to a fourth consecutive sweet 16, capping his senior season with a game-winning shot and earning the title of the Badger Herald’s Male Athlete of the Year.Throughout the year, Nigel Hayes became one of the biggest question marks for the Badgers, struggling to find his jumper and proving to be a liability at the line. As the season wore on, Wisconsin fans longed for the player they saw in the second half of the 2015-16 season when he led a young team to the Sweet 16, or the sophomore who stole the show on the Badger’s run to the NCAA championship.Yes it was clear, Hayes no longer had the supporting cast of guys like Kaminsky, Gasser and Decker. But if his college career up until this point was any indication, the senior from Toledo, Ohio was more than ready to take the reins.Hayes: In ‘one-and-done’ era, Nigel Hayes’ return isn’t so simpleThere is no doubt Nigel Hayes’ decision to return for his senior season was one the best outcomes for the Read…As his final season in Wisconsin began, expectations peaked for a team whose leaders (Hayes and Koenig), have never lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. With a talented group of young players including sophomore Ethan Happ who burst onto the scene in his freshman campaign, Hayes and company were poised to continue the streak of success deep into the playoffs.Living up to those expectations, the Badgers jumped out to one of their best starts in program history with a record of 22-3. With the team rolling behind the play of Ethan Happ and Bronson Koenig, Hayes struggled to find that elite talent we’ve known for three years.The biggest wakeup call came at the end of the season when Wisconsin lost five of their last seven, and a team built on success and consistency couldn’t find either. With the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments knocking at their door, the Badgers were scrambling for answers, and where better to look than Nigel Hayes.Despite Hayes’ struggles from the line, 59 percent, the Toledo native was not settling for a late season collapse to cap off his historic career.Men’s basketball: Experts see potential NBA futures for Hayes, KoenigWhile Nigel Hayes garnered most of the preseason attention regarding a future basketball career in the NBA, Bronson Koenig quietly Read…Like most great college and professional players, Hayes turned it on when it mattered the most. After falling to the Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten Championship game, the Badgers had their confidence back, and a chip on their shoulder after being named an eight seed in the NCAA Tournament.Similar to past years, the tournament was where Hayes came alive. After breezing by Virgina Tech, the Badgers faced off against the No. 1 overall seed Villanova in just the second round. After a turbulent season from the line and the field, Hayes shot over 50 percent from the field against the Wildcats, scoring 19 points including a Jordan-esque baseline fake to seal the deal against the top seed.Top five sports moments this semesterThe University of Wisconsin Athletic Department had a lot to celebrate this semester, even if none of those involved a Read…The Villanova game, like Hayes’ season, was a rollercoaster. A run here, a slump there, but in the end the veteran proved his worth, cementing his legacy in Wisconsin basketball.Along with a career shot to take down a one seed, here’s a list of some of Hayes’ notable achievements in his final year as a Badger, making him our Male Athlete of the Year.2017 NCAA Tournament All-East Region Team• 2017 Wooden Award Midseason Top-25• 2017 Player of the Year watch lists (Lute Olsen and Naismith)• 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Watch List• 2017 Big Ten All-Tournament Team• 2017 Third-Team All-Big Ten• 2017 Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year• 2017 Senior CLASS Award Final 10• 2017 NABC Division 1 All-District Second Team[UPDATE] Hayes blows up Twitter with #BlackLivesMatter discussionFor six hours Thursday evening, University of Wisconsin star basketball forward Nigel Hayes tweeted 44 times supporting the Black Lives Read…last_img read more

Rank ups Spanish profile with €21 million YoBingo.es acquisition

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share Related Articles Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 John O’Reilly – Rank Group PlcRank Group Plc has today confirmed that it has moved to acquire Spanish online bingo operator YoBingo.es for an ‘initial consideration’ of €21 million cash.The acquisition sees Rank ‘deepen its commitment’ to the Spanish online gambling market, in which it currently operates its EnRacha online casino and games brand.Operated by QSB Gaming, YoBingo maintains a ‘top two presence’ within the Spanish online bingo sector, holding 30% market share. For its 2017 corporate performance, the asset generated €10 million revenues and an EBIT of €2.5 million.Updating investors, Rank governance details that it has acquired all QSB Gaming properties outright, undertaking its initial €21 million transactions.Furthermore, the London listed gambling group has added a number of ‘future performance’ related earn-outs the transaction, increasing YoBingo’s deal valuation to €52 million cash.Confirming the acquisition, new Rank Group Plc Chief Executive John O’Reilly, commented:“The acquisition of the YoBingo Group expands Rank’s digital footprint in Spain.  Spain is an exciting high-growth regulated market which we believe offers strong multi-channel potential. The YoBingo Group is a well-established operation that we intend to further develop and to cross-sell into our established Spanish retail operations.” Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

Wellington High School girls basketball has headed north to Salina

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington girls basketball team left WHS to a crowd of supporters this morning at 9:15 a.m. for the official send off. The Lady Dukes will be in Salina’s Bicentennial Center soon. Sumner Newscow will supply live tweets during the game of the Wellington-De Soto first round Class 4A Div. 1 Tournament game. For more pictures of the pep rally, click here. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more