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Mercy Enews
No. 531 | 11 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


Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)

Mercy International Association joins with the Institute Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in calling on President Obama and Congress to 'step back' from plans to launch a military attack in Syria.

The Institute of the Americas Statement on Syria: 'Crisis in Syria Calls for Prayer and Peaceful Action' is online. Read it here

Affecting images of some of the millions of Syrian refugees can be seen in the special presentation 'Six Million Displaced by War in Syria', published yesterday in The Atlantic online. In the words from our prayer last week, 'they are not numbers, but names, members of a family. They are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. They are our brothers and sisters, children of God who created them in His image and likeness...' Meet them here.

Four million Syrians are internally displaced, two million have fled the country. One million of those are children.

An international petition for peace is gathering global support. When the petition reaches one million signers it will be delivered directly to the two presidents, Asaad (Syria) and Obama (US).Sign the international petition for peace here

A World at School has developed a plan to provide Education without Borders so that the Syrian refugee children in Lebanon can go to school within a few weeks. They will deliver a petition to world leaders on 23 September asking them to fund education for Syrian refugees. Sign the petition here

Let us continue to pray for the victims of this war. For all of them, and each one of them, enduring what the World Health Organization now calls 'the worst ongoing humanitarian crisis on earth'.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director


Worth Watching:
Interview with Joan Chittister
Joan Chittister OSB was profiled at the end of August on PBS TV’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. View that interview here (07:30) An extended interview with Sister Joan was also recorded. View the extended interview here (15:58). Anne Wambach OSB, prioress of the Erie Benedictines was separately interviewed. View her interview here (03:55)

Worth a Smile:
The Typewriter
You couldn't do this on a Mac (or Pc)!
A performance of Leroy Anderson's The Typewriter by members of the National Orchestra and Chorus of Spain in Madrid. The (typewriter) soloist is Alfredo Anaya. Wonderful entertainment. Enjoy it here (04:34)

Worth Reading:
Human Trafficking

Trafficking in persons has gained recognition in recent decades as an issue of serious international concern. But while the problem is increasingly acknowledged by the global community, there is still significant confusion about its risks and how it should be dealt with. In other words, what are the security implications of human trafficking, and how can they best be addressed? This article from the International Affairs Review (Spring 2013) addresses 'Human Trafficking: A Security Perspective'. Read the article here (21 pps)

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office has developed a human trafficking prevention manual. While developed to to help criminal justice professionals dismantle human trafficking operations, the manual provides significant background information on the realities of human trafficking and therefore deserves a broader audience. The manual is now online in PDF format. Download the manual here (38 pps)

Worth Knowing:
Human Trafficking
In last week's e-news we advised of a  workshop on Human Trafficking, 2-3 November, Casina Pio IV, Rome, organised by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences The programme is now available. Download the programme here

Send your contribution for the "Worth..." section to: the Editor


  • Invitation to Celebrate Mercy Day at Baggot Street (MIA)

Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy are invited to celebrate the Eucharist at midday on the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, Tuesday, 24 September, at Mercy International Centre, 64A Lower Baggot Street, Dublin. Further details can be read 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

  • Invitation to participate in Global Frackdown Day, 19 October (MIA)

Mercy International Association, through Mercy Global Action, is inviting all Mercy Sisters and Colleagues to participate in or organise events for Global Frackdown Day on 19 October 2013. Full details can be read here

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