Iowa’s religious leaders are urged to lead prayers for family farmers. TheNational Catholic Rural Life Conference is issuing the call for a “NationalPeriod of Prayer” starting on World Food Day in mid-October and ending onThanksgiving. Brother David Andrews says there’s misery in Rural America.Andrews hopes other denominations join the effort. The EcumenicalMinistries of Iowa already has joined with the Catholic Rural LifeConference to declare October 17th a statewide day of prayer for farmers.Andrews says farmers who are under stress can go to their pastor, priest orcleric for help.On November 5th and 6th, the National Catholic Rural Life Conference annualmeeting will be staged in Des Moines to talk about healing and creativity inrural communities.
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