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Mercy Enews
No. 460 | 02 May 2012

Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, used her inheritance in service of the needs of her time. Today, Sisters of Mercy, through Mercy International Association, use their resources to respond to issues of global poverty demonstrated in the massive displacement of persons worldwide...This vision keeps alive the founding spirit of Catherine among peoples of the world most in need of God's compassion and mercy.
from the MIA Visioning Statement 2007


Joining the Rio+20 Dialogues! (MGA)

Editor: Over recent months details of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, and Mercy's involvement in it have been regularly reported in Mercy E-News and on the mercyworld.org website, including the Statement of Mercy International Association to Governments on Rio+20. Known as Rio+20 because it marks the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio-92), it is hoped that this conference will help define the sustainable development agenda for the coming decades. Accordingly, and with only 50 days to go, efforts have been made to ensure broad, democratic and diverse participation in the Sustainable Development Dialogues process, such as the invitation outlined below:-

An opportunity has been opened up to civil society to participate in an online sustainable development platform conversation in preparation for Rio+ 20. This initiative is being organized by the UN and the Brazilian government and is known as the Rio Dialogues.

It is hoped that people can engage in a dialogue and make some recommendations for heads of state who will participate in the Rio + 20 conference. Participants can contribute in one of four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Thirty recommendations will be selected (3 from each dialogue area) and presented to heads of state for consideration during the high level segment of the Rio +20 conference, June 20-22, 2012.

Further details are linked to this item.

Messages to Aine O'Connor rsm - Mercy Global Action Coordinator at the UN

Mercy Links

Vocation Promotion
With Sunday April 29 being the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the publication yesterday of the following article on the use of social media and blogging to encourage vocations is timely:
Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec turn to Internet for recruitment

Gospel Reflections
Each week Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG) produces a reflection on the coming Sunday's Gospel. These reflections are published on the Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) website. To access the weekly reflection, visit the CRA website and click on the link "Gospel Reflection" on the home page.

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