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The final report from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was signed on April 15, 1991. As we approach the sixteenth anniversary of the report's release, it is helpful to look at the situation of Aboriginal people in custody in 2007.

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The first Sister of Mercy from the Parramatta Congregation to reach her one hundredth year has died. Sister Mary Anthony Campbell suffered a mild stroke on March 1 and died the next day. "Of particular significance to the Parramatta Sisters is that Sister M. Anthony was the last sister alive to have known the (congregation's) founding sisters", said Congregation Leader Sister Ailsa Mackinnon.

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After fifteen years as the Pastoral Assistant for the parish of Nelson Bay, north of Newcastle, NSW, Sister Paula Redgrove was recently named Port Stephens Woman of the Year for 2007. She was presented with the award by the outgoing member for Port Stephens, John Bartlett, in Raymond Terrace and then attended the NSW Woman of the Year ceremony at Government House, Sydney.

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March 29, 2007

The Leadership Councils of Adelaide, Ballarat, Melbourne, Perth and West Perth Congregations, along with the Institute's Vice-President, Sister Caroline Ryan, recently gathered in Queenscliff, Victoria for meetings to discuss reconfiguring. Sister Meredith Evans reports.

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Sister Patricia Powell of Bathurst Congregation has been awarded the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (for Church and Pope) medal by Pope Benedict XVI in recognition of her work in the Bathurst Diocese.

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Bathurst Sister of Mercy, Pat Linnane has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts from Charles Sturt University in recognition of her contribution to suicide prevention, reconciliation between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, refugee support and resettlement, mental health support, and prisoner release and inmate family support programs in Central Western New South Wales.

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The Sisters of Mercy of Papua New Guinea invite sisters throughout the Institute to remember Theresia Tina in prayer as she begins retreat on March 26 in preparation for her Perpetual Profession on April 12.

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One of the most serious ways we are polluting the environment and affecting climate at present is through carbon (greenhouse) emissions. We are all urged to do what we can to cut back on carbon emissions. To explore why you need to do this and take other action click more.

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The People's Inquiry into Detention - a national citizen-driven inquiry into the policies and practices of immigration detention in Australia, published its first report last year. In coming editions of "Mercy M@tters", the Institute's Asylum Seekers and Refugees Committee will present excerpts from the report. The Committee warmly invites sisters to read the report and share their own experiences of assisting people to re-settle into the community.

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Indigenous women and men from all over the world will gather in New York during May to take part in the UN's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Sister Deirdre Mullan RSM, who represents the Sisters of Mercy at the UN, along with Father Kevin Dance, from Passionists International, is seeking your financial support for this event.

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