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Mercy Congregation Centre Staff Mark "White Shirt Day"

The Sisters and Staff of the Mercy Congregation Centre in Parramatta wore white shirts today in support of White Shirt Day - raising awareness for Ovarian Cancer.

An insidious disease, often known as a "silent killer", the  symptoms of Ovarian cancer are vague and often strike without warning.

Unlike many other cancers, there is no early detection test. Consequently, ovarian cancer is often diagnosed in its late stages and only 20%-30% of women will survive beyond five years of diagnosis. In comparison, survival rates increase to 80-100% when ovarian cancer is detected and treated early.

"We all know someone who has been touched by ovarian cancer, and today we wanted to remember them as well as raise awareness of the importance of early detection" said Anne Ferguson, Mission Animator for the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta.

For more information visit: http://www.ocrf.com.au/research/about-ovarian-cancer/

 

Hear the Cries of Migrants: February 2020 Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Hearing the cries of migrants.


We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking, may be heard and considered.



Text of the video:

Migrants are often victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking.
Among other causes, this happens because of corruption on the part of people willing to do anything for financial gain.
The money from their dirty, underhanded business is blood money. I’m not exaggerating: it’s blood money.
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking, may be heard and considered.

—Pope Francis, February 2020



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The Pan Amazonian Synod - An outcome of Laudato Si'

The Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region (commonly referred to as the Amazon synod) met in Rome from 6 to 27 October 2019.

                                                                     
     SYNOD DOCUMENTS:

Promotion of World Peace: Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Promotion of World Peace.

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.



Text of the video:

In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity.
Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good.
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.
Thank you.

Pope Francis, January 2020


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Prayer Intention: Australia's Devastating Bushfires

We pray

for the safety of the firefighters, remembering particularly the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives or been injured in their efforts to protect the citizens and properties in their local communities;

for strength for those who have lost their homes and belongings and those who have lost their crops, animals and landholdings; 

for the communities under severe threat from devastating bushfires burning across the country; 

We continue our prayers for the end of drought gripping Australia. We pray that the rains will come to quell the fires, soak the parched Earth, fill the dams and restore hope in the farming communities.

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