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Mercy Enews
No. 517 | 05 June 2013

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

Feature

The Sisters of Mercy are Hitting the Road for Immigration Reform (Americas)

The Sisters of Mercy are hitting the road with Nuns on the Bus for the second year, and this time they’re raising their voices for fair and comprehensive immigration reform that puts families and basic human needs first. With Senate immigration reform bill S.744 ready to move to the Senate floor for discussion and a vote in early June, six Sisters of Mercy, along with Catholic sisters from around the country, will travel across 6,500 miles and 15 states stopping at faith-based communities and congressional offices to rally with those who aspire for change in America’s immigration system...

Mercy sisters, associates, staff and advocates will be waiting along the route of the Nuns on the Bus tour as they stop in each city. Sister Anne Curtis from the Sisters of Mercy Institute Leadership Team states, “We are thrilled that the Sisters of Mercy can contribute to lifting up the realities of the broken immigration system at this critical time for comprehensive immigration reform. For too long, children have been separated from their parents by deportations, and hardworking immigrants have been deprived of their human dignity and forced to live in the shadows of society..."

Messages to: Anne Curtis rsm - Institute Leadership Team

Editor: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas is this week's featured website

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Resources

Worth Supporting:
NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus are back on the road driving for faith, family, and citizenship — traveling across the United States — 6,500 miles over 15 states — 53 events in 40 cities — standing with immigrants, faith-filled activists, and Catholic Sisters who serve immigrant communities. Mercys are among these.
Follow their efforts in the 'News from the Road'. Help fuel their work for justice. Donate online.

Worth Doing:
The Google art project has been upgraded and now features a 'user galleries' section which will let you create your own art gallery from the art on show across the world. Visit Google Art Project
 
Worth Reading:
"Nuns on Tractors Can Bring a More Sustainable World." Faith communities are among the most influential entities in the world today. Did you know that these groups are linked to 85 percent of the world's population? Or that they own seven percent of the world's arable land? That they are involved in more than half of the world's schools? Or that they are the third-largest category of financial investors in the world? Read the article

"Compassion Can Be Cultivated In The Brain, Study Finds.' According to a new study reported in the Huffington Post, it is possible to become a more compassionate person by training your brain. Read the article here.

"The Best and Simplest Way to Fight Global Poverty" Proof that giving cash to poor people, no strings attached, is an amazingly powerful tool for boosting incomes and promoting development, new studies reveal. Read the article here.

Worth Watching:
"A girl  has eyes to see beyond the village; a girl has energy to fetch more than firewood; a girl has ability to carry more than water. Educate a girl, educate the whole family and educate the whole world
"School of My Dreams" (Trailer 1:24) is a follow-up to the earlier short film "Girls of Daraja" (14.29), about students at Daraja Academy (6.57), a boarding secondary school for girls northwest of Nairobi in the valley of Mount Kenya.

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