Newly-selected Catholic cardinal to visit Notre Dame Friday

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Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin speaks after a meeting with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at the Statehouse, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in Indianapolis, he day after the archdiocese said it has the means to resettle a Syrian refugee family bound for the state. Pence blocked state agencies from distributing federal money for Syrian refugees following the deadly Paris attacks. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin plans to speak about immigration issues this week at the University of Notre Dame.

Pope Francis on Sunday named Tobin one of three Americans to be elevated to cardinal in the Catholic church next month. Tobin has drawn attention in the past for openly opposing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s position against settling Syrian refugees. Tobin said he welcomed a refugee family despite Pence’s stance because helping refugees “is an essential part of our identity as Catholic Christians.”

Tobin will speak at the Catholic university in South Bend on Friday afternoon. He is to discuss what he calls the Catholic church’s moral responsibility to help refugees and suggest ways to address fear and anxiety that can arise.

Tobin’s promotion is significant because experts say it reflects Francis’ concern for refugees.

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