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Looking for ‘rainbow’ of hope

Brodie McGovern died recently at the age of five as a result of a condition called hollow viscous myopathy, and a large crowd attended his funeral to pay tribute to him and to support his parents Celena and David McGovern. Celena gave a eulogy and David delivered a homily. This is an edited version of David's message

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Priests must serve God

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In a letter to the world's semin-arians, Pope Benedict XVI said that in the face of wide-spread religious indifference and the recent moral failings of clergy, the world needs priests and pastors who can serve God and bring God to others.

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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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