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Iraqi bishops underscore reasons for flight

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Christians in post-war Iraq, already a tiny minority in the mostly Muslim country, continue to leave because of fear for their safety, and to a lesser extent, because of economic difficulties, Iraqi bishops said.

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Offering hope in the face of despair

The world watched as 33 miners, trapped underground in Chile for more than two months, were rescued during the week. Columban Father Alvaro Martinez had been visiting the family and friends of the miners in the lead-up to the rescue. This is his story supplied by the Columbans

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Christians ‘deadly dilemma’

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Concern, and even alarm, over the real threat of the disappearance of Christians from the Middle East was a recurrent theme at the Synod of Bishops focusing on the region.

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Sudan prayer campaign spreads

SUDAN (ACN News): Millions of people the length and breadth of Sudan are being invited to join a program of prayer preparing for the country's referendum on possible cessation of the south.

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Clinton meets US bishops on peace

WASHINGTON (CNS): In meetings with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nat-ional Security Adviser General James Jones on September 29, more than two dozen Christian, Jew-ish and Muslim religious leaders voiced support for continuing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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Scientists ponder mysteries of heavens

Astronomers recently took over Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas in Rome to ponder the wonders of outer space. CAROL GLATZ reports for Catholic News Service on what that means for faith

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