Pope Renews Call for Care of Planet

The Holy Father’s renewed call to action came in a message he sent Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Fiji Islands, President of the 23rd Session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-23), taking place in Bonn from November 6-17, 2017.  The message was read during the November 16 session.

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Season of Creation ends: our commitment continues (Parramatta)

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation have committed themselves in their Chapter Statement to "to enjoy and celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty and her many species...to honour our duty to love and care for her and add to her well-being wherever possible".

They have resolved "to live simply, in a way that takes into account the fragility of Mother Earth"  and to "protect the rights of the natural world and make practical efforts to stem the hurtful effects of climate change, pollution and the ‘throw away’ mentality."

In these ways they have determined to respond to 'the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor' (Laudato Si' #49).

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Sisters of Mercy of the Americas continue to support youth in climate lawsuits (Americas)

The Institute Leadership Team (ILT) and the Northeast Community Leadership Team (CLT) signed onto an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief filed September 5, 2017, with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of 21 youth. The youth, aged 10-21 and from around the country, are suing the U.S. government to protect their fundamental right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life. This is the third time since 2013 that the ILT and Northeast CLT have supported youth in these types of cases.

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Mercy Healthcare joins United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (Americas)

Mercy, the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the United States, has signed on to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), becoming the first US health care system to join this network. The PRI is recognized as the leading global network of institutional investors committed to including environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in their investment practices. Other signatories of the UN-supported PRI include Harvard University, Summit Strategies Group and Christian Brothers Investment Services.

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Call for an inclusive and sustainable Australian economy (Parramatta)

Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation welcome the call to Australians to work for an economy that is based on principles of justice and equity – one that is at the service of all, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalised.

The call from Bishop Long OFM Conv. came at the launch of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ 2017–2018 Social Justice Statement, entitled Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy...

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Stewarding the Earth at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine (Americas)

Following the Mercy tradition of caring for Earth, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine supports a broad cross-section of sustainability efforts and has integrated these Mercy values into the curriculum and campus life. Each of the College’s 1,000 students must enroll in the core course Environmental Science 300: Ecology and the Environmental Challenge. This course teaches basic ecological principles, the major environmental challenges facing the planet, and potential solutions to these challenges.

Learn more about how Saint Joseph's College is fostering care for the Earth here.

Mercy Walks for Water (Americas)

Led by Native Americans, hundreds of Sisters of Mercy walked for water through downtown Buffalo on 23 June 2017.

Once everyone returned to the Chapter room, several local government officials recognized the sisters' powerful witness to the human right to water. Maria Maybee, a member of the Senaca Nation, spoke passionately about her work as a Water Walker.

Following the speeches, Sisters blended waters from their native lands in a moving ceremony in the center of the Chapter room. The ritual concluded with everyone in the Chapter body being blessed with the mingled waters, as ceremony leaders walked about the room sprinkling water on participants with clusters of leaves.

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Care for Our Earth (GB Union)

Sr. Philomena Bowers (Congregational Leader of the Union of the Sisters of Mercy) addressed two gatherings of Mercy Associates, one in St. Mary’s Convent Handsworth on 8th April and one in the hall of the Church of Our Lady, St. John’s Wood in London on 20th May. ‘Care for Our Common Home’ was the theme, and as she spoke she inspired us to think and reflect anew on how we can work in partnership, and individually, caring for every aspect of Creation.

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