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Mercy Enews
No. 466 | 13 June 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


Counting Down to RIo+20 (MGA)

Next week, 180 ministers and 50,000 activists, businesses representatives and NGOs will meet in Brazil for the Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development (June 20 -22).

But, 20 years after the UN Earth summit – the first time world leaders had debated issues of development and the environment on the same platform – what can the conference achieve?

As the Mercy world participates on the ground in Brazil through our representatives at the conference -  Aine O'Connor rsm and Mary Bilderback rsm - the following resources, in addition to those listed in previous issues of Mercy E-News, are offered to assist in your final preparation:

Q&A: Rio+20 Earth summit - who are the key players, what are the main sticking points, and what does the conference hope to achieve?

Global development podcast: what can Rio+20 achieve? What tangible measures can the conference hope to produce?

Does Rio+20 really care for Creation?: an interview with the head of the Franciscan Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation in Rome (audio).

Rio+20: We Are almost There - a summary of Mercy's preparation in the lead up to Rio+20

Reports from Aine and Mary will be posted online as they are received and will be highlighted in Mercy E-News.

Review: Statement of Mercy International Association to Governments on Rio+20

Messages to:
Áine O’Connor rsm - MGA Coordinator at the UN
Mary Bilderback rsm - Americas/Mid-Atlantic

Mercy Links

Participate in a Programme at MIC
There are still non-residential places available in the following programmes at MIC: Source and Summit: Eucharistic Themes and Daily Living facilitated by Anthony Gittins CSSP (June 17 -22), Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy ( July 1- 28) with Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland), Elaine Wainwright rsm (Australia), Mary C Sullivan rsm (Americas), and Ray Maria McNamara rsm (Americas), facilitated by Mary Waskowiak rsm (Americas)

A talk by Anthony Gittins CSSp given at the 2012 CORI Conference ' "Do this in Memory of Me": Do what? 'can be accessed on the CORI website by clicking here.

Residential places are available for To Act Justly, To Love Tenderly, To Walk Humbly with God – A Framework for Christian Mercy Ministry (August 7-13) and From Time to Eternity: A Time of Blessing As We Ponder Catherine's Life and Death (November 9-11). Contact: Madeleine O'Hanlon at MIC.

Mercy Spirituality Resource Booklet
Don't forget! Orders for the Mercy resource booklet titled Mercy Spirituality: Reflections on Living the Charism of Mercy are due in this Friday, June 15. Order forms can be found here and should be emailed to Barbara Wheeley rsm (Americas)

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