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Mercy Enews
No. 530 | 04 September 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


Trade of Innocents, a Focus for Mercy Day Now (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Nga mihi atawhai – greetings to all in Mercy!
Dennis Horton, in Imaging Mercy Today, September 2013, in the column produced for Tiaki Manatu Sisters of Mercy NZ Ministries Trust, writes: ‘As Mercy Day dawns once more, we are challenged to join hearts and minds with Mercy folk everywhere, working for a world that still waits to be transformed by the vision which saw Catherine open her first House of Mercy 186 years ago. Though Mercy’s spirit remains unchanged, the focus shifts as our world moves on. Today, Mercy’s global network proposes two huge issues to be addressed – climate change and human trafficking. Here in New Zealand, we may find it easier to focus on the first than the second…

Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Congregation Communications Contact



Worth Watching:
Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous
An intimate and original look at Nobel Prizewinner Seamus Heaney, the man and the artist, who died on 30 August. This wonderful, beautiful documentary film, made in 2009, explores the key personal relationship in Heaney's life, that with his wife Marie, and follows him to Harvard, New York and London, to readings, signings and public interviews.(Length 01:14:45). Don't miss this. Make the time. Only online for another 17 days. Watch it here on RTE

Worth Knowing:

  • Eco justice/Cosmology

Every year Christians throughout the world celebrate Creation Time from September 1 to October 4.The theme for Creation Time 2013 is ‘Water Justice’, corresponding with the United Nations’ International Year of Water Cooperation. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have produced resources on the 2013 theme which can be downloaded from their website.

  • Human Trafficking

According to Vatican Radio, following a wish expressed by Pope Francis, the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences, together with FIAMC (World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations) are organizing a preparatory workshop on 2-3 November 2013 in the Casina Pio IV to examine human trafficking and modern slavery. Read the details here


  • Vacancy for Assistant Director Global Action (MIA)

Applicants are invited for the position of MIA Assistant Director Global Action which will become vacant in March 2014. Applications close 27 September, 2013. Full details can be read here

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