The National Catholic Rural Life Conference has called on Christians across the country to join in prayer on Aug. 15 for mutual community support and drought relief.

"The drought of 1988 has reminded us of our dependence upon water as well as our dependence upon our creator who gives us that water," said the national group's executive director, Joseph K. Fitzgerald."In these difficult times, we remember that it is our reliance upon God and one another that enables us to get through difficulties."