A few notable online items this week:
First, an interview with George Coyne, S.J., of the Vatican Observatory. Fr. Coyne explains how the Vatican became involved in astronomy and responds to Stephen Hawking's recent statements on the origins of the universe (see minute 15:40).
Kevin Clarke, recently returned from the Holy Land, has filed two reports on the status of Christians in the Middle East. The first, a video interview with Steven Barhoum, the vicar of the Church of the Holy Family outside of Nazareth, can be found here. Below is a narrated slideshow of his trip.