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OMETHING EXTRAORDINARY happened at Standing Rock,
North Dakota in December 2015. Defending their water sup-
ply and burial grounds made vulnerable by the Dakota Access
Pipeline, the Sioux began a protest blocking the construction. That’s
not the remarkable part. What is unusual is that more than 2,000 U.S.
military veterans joined in to defend them against violence by U.S. law
enforcement. Some veterans knelt before Standing Rock leaders in a rec-
onciliation ritual, asking forgiveness for crimes committed against native
peoples by the U.S. government throughout history. “We took your land”
was among the sobering injustices the veteran spokesperson confessed.
Catholic teaching clearly informs us how to treat
the “stranger”—migrants, immigrants, and refugees—
in our midst.
Roll out the
BY ALICE CAMILLE
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
in the United Kingdom,
much like the church
in the United States, is
made up of immigrants
from around the world.
Pictured here is Bishop
Nicholas Hudson at a
Way of Mercy World
Youth Day celebration
Alice Camille is
the author of 20
of the American
Saints and other
titles at aliceca-
MAZUR/CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ENGLAND & WALES