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After 50 years, sister cities Erie and Mérida maintain a bond

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
The Mission of Friendship in Mérida is visited by students and the president of Gannon University in Erie, Pa. Photo: Courtesy

After 50 years, the Erie-Mérida sisterhood is as strong as ever.

After establishing a sister-city connection in 1971, that bond continues between the Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pa., and the Archdiocese of the Yucatán, reports the Erie Reader.

“The Mérida-Erie sister city relationship thrives through the charity and goodwill of The Mission of Friendship, a major social service and cultural exchange program established in 1971”.

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On a recent blog entry, Mission Friendship states: “This collaboration has supported scores of needy families to provide education and basic necessities to their children in the city of Merida, Mexico.”

The organization is organizing an auction that aims to raise funds to support the various 50th anniversary commemorations in the U.S. and in Mexico, as well as develop promotional materials for the future.”

Donations to the Mission’s 50th-anniversary events fund are being accepted over PayPal.

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