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Artist wants Jesus Popsicles to stand as statement on fanaticism, violence
Artist Sebastian Errazuriz says he wants "Christian Popsicles" to spark dialogue about fanaticism and violence.
May 17th, 2012
05:24 PM ET

Artist wants Jesus Popsicles to stand as statement on fanaticism, violence

By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

(CNN)–Sebastian Errazuriz has used art to take on an array of issues: New York's death rate, the Occupy movement, military suicide, children with disabilities, the brutal reign of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Now, the Brooklyn-based artist is taking aim at what he sees as religious extremism.

At a party this weekend celebrating New York Design Week, which begins today, the Chilean-born artist plans to hand out 100 "Christian Popsicles" made of "frozen holy wine transformed into the blood of Christ" and featuring a crucifix instead of the tongue depressor that typically hosts the frozen treats, he said.

An image of Jesus Christ positioned traditionally on the cross is visible once the ice pop is consumed. As for the frozen wine, Errazuriz said, he concealed it in a cooler and took it into a church, where it was "inadvertently blessed by the priest while turning wine into the blood of Christ during the Eucharist."

Errazuriz will hand out the wine creations on Saturday at Gallery R'Pure in Manhattan's Flatiron District before the "Love It or Leave it" exhibit.

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Filed under: Atheism • Chile • Faith • God • New York • United States

Chilean miner sheds light on underground religious life
Chilean miner Jose Henriquez and his wife after being brought to the surface. Henriquez addressed the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.
February 3rd, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Chilean miner sheds light on underground religious life

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

One of the rescued Chilean miners shed new light Thursday on the intense religious and spiritual experiences of many of the miners while trapped underground for 52 days last year, saying that faith was a key part of surviving t he ordeal.

"We realized we had only one alternative and that was God himself," said Jose Henriquez in an address to the National Prayer Breakfast on in Washington, speaking to a crowd that included President Barack Obama.

"We were different creeds and churches," Henriquez said, speaking in Spanish with simultaneous translation. "So I got them in a circle and made sure everyone could pray in a participatory fashion. And as we prayed we began to know the presence and blessing among us of God in the mine. We were strengthened, our spirits were revived.”

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Filed under: Belief • Bible • Chile • Christianity • Faith Now • South America

Freed Chilean miners return to 'Camp Hope' for Mass
October 18th, 2010
12:40 AM ET

Freed Chilean miners return to 'Camp Hope' for Mass

About a dozen or so of the 33 miners freed in Chile this week after spending more than two months underground returned Sunday to the mouth of the mine to offer thanks during a private Mass.

For many of the miners, it was the first time back since their dramatic Wednesday rescue that was watched by the world.

Just the miners, their families and a handful of local officials were invited to attend the service.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Chile • Faith Now • South America

October 14th, 2010
05:17 PM ET

Will the rescued miners' renewed faith endure? Maybe, say scholars

Omar Reygadas, 56, kneels down with a Bible after reaching the surface.

CNN's Moni Basu filed this report:
They survived for more than two months a half mile under the Earth's surface, and when the 33 trapped miners in Chile came out, many of them praised God.

Mario Sepulveda said he buried 40 years of his life down there. "I was with God, and I was with the devil. They fought, and God won."

Mario Gomez used to get annoyed that his wife asked him to say daily prayers. But trapped in darkness, he revisited his relationship with God and asked that a crucifix and statuettes of saints be sent down so the miners could construct a shrine.

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Filed under: Chile • Christianity • Faith Now • South America

The story behind the Chilean miners' Jesus T-Shirts
October 14th, 2010
04:49 PM ET

The story behind the Chilean miners' Jesus T-Shirts

As miners were being pulled from Chile's San Jose mine Wednesday, most were wearing tan T-shirts over their coveralls. The Chilean government told reporters the green coveralls were designed to help absorb the sweat as they ascended to the top.

But Wes Little, a CNN editor/producer in Atlanta, wondered why the miners were wearing the T-shirt over their coveralls. He noticed a logo on the T-shirt's left sleeve for the Jesus Film Project.

Here's what we found:

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Filed under: Chile • Christianity • Evangelical • Faith Now • Missionaries • South America

October 13th, 2010
04:40 PM ET

Rescued miner says he saw God, devil during captivity

Here's what Mario Sepulveda, trapped inside Chile's San Jose mine for 69 days, said after he was rescued today:

I was with God, and I was with the devil. They fought, and God won.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Chile • Devil • Faith Now • South America

Faith plays key role for trapped Chilean miners, families
September 9th, 2010
01:12 PM ET

Faith plays key role for trapped Chilean miners, families

Editor's note: CNN's Patrick Oppmann is reporting on the efforts to free the 33 trapped miners in Chile.  He filed this post from Copiapo, Chile:

For the Rev. Juan Carlos Sansadral, there is only one word to describe the survival of 33 Chilean miners in a collapsed mine: “miracle.”

Whether or not their salvation will ever officially be classified as an act of God remains to be seen, but the Catholic priest who oversees a parish in the area and has counseled many of the miners’ families stands firm. “It was truly a miracle,” he said.
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Filed under: Catholic Church • Chile • Faith Now

August 29th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Pope prays for trapped Chilean miners

From CNN's story today on the 33 Chilean miners who've been trapped underground for more than three weeks:

Pope Benedict XVI said in his weekly message from Castel Gandolfo, his summer residence, on Sunday that he was praying for the miners and their relatives.

"I entrust them and their families to Saint Lorenzo," the pope said in Spanish. "I'll continue to pray for them so they can remain calm as they wait for a happy resolution to the ongoing rescue efforts."

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Chile • Faith Now • Pope Benedict XVI • Prayer • South America

August 2nd, 2010
02:22 PM ET

Chilean archbishop criticizes Argentina's same-sex marriage law

The battle over same-sex marriage in Latin America has moved to Chile, where the nation's Roman Catholic archbishop said this weekend such unions are an "aberration."

The comments by Monsignor Francisco Javier Errazuriz came just days after a same-sex marriage in neighboring Argentina, where a law approving the unions nationwide went into effect in mid-July.

A Chilean senator said in June he will introduce a bill that would recognize civil unions among gay couples. Passage of the bill is far from certain.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Argentina • Catholic Church • Chile • Gay marriage • South America

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