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Mercy Enews
No. 463 | 23 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


Bearing Witness: Panning For Justice (MGA)

As part of the annual Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations (May 7-18, 2012), the NGO Working Group on Mining of the NGO Committee on the U.N. International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, of which Mercy Global Action at the UN is a member, organized and co-sponsored a multimedia exhibit on May 8th at The Tillman Chapel of the Church Center for the United Nations entitled “Bearing Witness.”...

Sisters of Mercy in the Philippines, Argentina, Panama, Peru and Cambodia contributed to the exhibit by sharing their grassroots experiences of the negative impact of mining abuses on their communities and on the peoples who resist mining abuse. At the event on May 8th, Mercy International Association was represented by Mercy Sisters Áine O’Connor (member of the Bearing Witness planning committee), Mary Bilderback and Rita Parks.

A full report, including a reflection by Rita Parks rsm, is linked to this item.

Messages to:
Áine O’Connor rsm - MGA Coordinator at the UN
Rita Parks rsm - Sisters of Mercy of the Americas WMW

Photograph: Used with permission of Southwings


Mercy Links

A ground-breaking new report from Jubilee Debt Campaign,The State of Debt,  has found that debt burdens in impoverished countries have increased significantly since the debt cancellation of the 2000s, following fallout from the financial crisis as well as private sector expansion in the developing world. The report finds this threatens to extend the 30-year pattern of debt crises across the globe, from the Mexican debt crisis of 1982 to the Eurozone debt crisis of today. To access the report, click here.

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