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Paul Dobbyn, a journalist with "The Catholic Leader" recently caught up with Mercy Sister Wendy Flannery (Brisbane) to talk about her life and commitment to social justice issues.

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In the October 25 edition of "Mercy Matters", Sisters of Mercy, their colleagues and friends were encouraged to look at information supplied by various Christian organisations to assist in their preparation for the Federal election. In the area of climate change, religious leaders from various faiths are urging the community to adopt the scientifically recommended targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a major cause of human-induced climate change.

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The lives of refugees and asylum seekers have been highlighted in the media lately. Unfortunately, much of it has presented a negative aspect of the actions of a minority. The Specific Issues Committee, Asylum Seekers and Refugees encourages readers to reflect on the lives of refugees and asylum seekers as presented in "Mercy Matters" during the last two years. In particular you are urged to view the video from A Just Australia and to consider the policy of the various political parties.

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Sisters of Mercy, their friends and colleagues are reminded that the annual general meeting of Mercy Works Inc. will be held next Wednesday November 14 in Parramatta, Sydney.

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Reflecting on the first foundation of Mercies in Australia brings forth many memories. From the first time Ursula Frayne and her companions stepped on the shore at Fremantle, Western Australia to the present day, the story has been written and videos and PowerPoints created at various times. Now we move forward to another historical moment.

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Organised by the Mercy International Research Commission, a conference entitled "'Fire cast on the earth-kindling': being Mercy in the twenty-first century", will begin in Burlingame, California on November 9 and continue until November 12.

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Sister Bernardine Daly RSM of the West Perth Congregation has for many years worked with some of the most disadvantaged people in our society, particularly in Western Australia. In the following article, Sister Bernardine shares aspects of her ministry with people who are homeless and in prison.

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At the annual general meeting of Mercy Works Inc. on November 14, 2007 the Board released the agency's 2006-2007 Annual Report. Available in PDF format, the report contains articles on projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, Pakistan, Sudan, Kenya and Peru.

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Over 100 Sisters of Mercy and their colleagues witnessed the launch of the Institute's new website during a gathering of Mercy leaders in Geelong, Victoria last week (October 17, 2007). While the launch happened physically in Geelong, the amazing technology incorporated into the new site allowed the event to be broadcast live onto the computers of Sisters of Mercy throughout Australia.

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Sisters of Mercy of the Grafton Congregation recently received a request from a friend who has alerted them to the crisis in Australia's aged, psychiatric and disability services - in particular, the lack of services and support for carers. The Grafton sisters encourage all people of goodwill to be informed about this issue and to take action.

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All Sisters of Mercy are invited to attend an inter-congregational forum on reconfiguring in Sydney on Saturday November 10. Representatives from the North Sydney, Parramatta and Singleton Congregations have organised the forum which will include panel reflections and table discussion about the Institute's reconfiguring process to date.

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