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Migrant integration and the ‘network-making power’ of the Irish Catholic Church
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This chapter describes the Irish Catholic Church as both a bureaucratic hierarchal institution and transnational network that promotes migrant integration and welfare via 'network-making power'. It begins by discussing the complex negotiation of national and transnational frames of reference within the Catholic Church and how these dynamics are configured with reference to church teaching on ministry to migrants. The chapter also describes the Irish Catholic Church, first, as a sending and secondly, as a receiving church. It explains the role of the church as a key civil society actor in shaping the meanings of immigration, especially with regard to 'vulnerable' migrants. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the church's network-making power in shaping meanings of and responses to (em/im)migration through its own transnational network but also as a node in a wider network organized around the goal of migrant integration.

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