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Institute President, Sister Nerida Tinkler and seven Australian Mercy Congregation Leaders were in Rome recently attending the general assembly of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG). Sister Jennifer Hartley, the Institute's Executive Officer reports.

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Three thousand Catholic nuns across Australia question how it is that so many Indigenous Australians miss out on the benefits of citizenship, enjoyed by many other Australians. Download a joint media statement issued on behalf of the Sisters of St Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.

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At a recent gathering in Dublin, sisters who represent their country as contact persons for Catherine McAuley's canonisation cause met with the Postulator, Brenda Dolphin RSM. Sister Mary Duffy of (Melbourne), who is Australia's representative, reports on the gathering.

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Sister Bernadette Marks (Local Communications Facilitator, Adelaide) is alerting sisters to information about additional benefits recently made available through the Medicare Benefits Schedule. This information may be helpful for you or to pass on to others you know.

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Goulburn Congregation has begun its preparation for Chapter to be held in Canberra later in the year. Sister Shirley Garland RSM (Local Communications Facilitator, Goulburn) reports.

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This fortnight's report from the Institute's Committee for Asylum Seekers and Refugees includes a Mercy Associate's insight into life for a refugee family in Australia, further extracts from "The People's Inquiry into Detention" and a call to action regarding the Immigration Detention Centre on Christmas Island.

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Three Sisters of Mercy were integral to a celebration held recently in Perth to honour teachers who have served for thirty years or more in Western Australia's Catholic Education system. Sister Joan Smith (Local Communications Facilitator, Perth) reports.

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This year the United Nations has declared the theme for World Environment Day: "Melting Ice - a Hot Topic?" This fortnight's contribution from the Institute's Eco-Justice Committee includes a ritual for use on World Environment Day, and the weekend following, which honours the Environmental Sabbath. This is one way in which we can examine the state of our environment in a mood of sober resolution and quiet confidence, and address ourselves to our common task of preserving all life on earth, because as one author says: "the universe is my body; and my body is the universe."

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Over 150 people gathered in Sydney on May 17 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the social justice collective, Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace(CCJP). Sister Marie Butcher, a member of CCJP and Parramatta's Local Communications Facilitator, reports on the event.

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