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Mercy Enews
No. 495 | 05 December 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


Mercy Joins Faith Leaders in Saying to Congress: “Don’t Push the Poor Off ‘Fiscal Cliff’” (Americas)

Deborah Troillett rsm of the Institute Leadership Team joined religious officials from 16 states in an event held on November 30 to tell the Obama Administration and Congress, “Don’t push the poor and most vulnerable off the ‘fiscal cliff.’”

In meetings with congressional leaders and budget negotiators, the religious officials reminded lawmakers that the deficit was caused as a result of inadequate revenue, an unnecessary level of military spending and a recession that has pushed even more people into poverty.

Said Sister Deborah, “We don’t have a budget crisis in this country. We have a values crisis, a priorities crisis. If Congress cuts back on even the tiny portion--less than 1 percent of our budget--that we give for humanitarian and poverty programs, this would be a terrible message to give.” ...

Messages to: Deborah Troillet rsm - Institute Leadership Team

Editor: The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas undertake the work of justice in the light of Catholic social teaching and their Constitutions, Direction Statement, and especially their Critical Concerns: Immigration, Non-violence, Poverty, Racism, Women, Earth. Read more


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Worth Watching:
A set of beautiful, reflective Advent videos, each approximately 5 minutes in length, featuring traditional Christian and powerful contemporary imagery: Christ is Coming Let Us Draw Near; The Coming of the Lord is Near; Jesus Christ Light of the World; Awaiting the Christ Child and Advent 11 Homecoming. Access the set here  Alleluia The Christ Child Comes is newly added for Advent 2012. Access it here

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