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."

A small crowd of Spanish-speaking parishioners erupted into cheers and chanted "Viva el Papa" - long live the pope - when the pontiff began his message.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Oz

    I hope prayer, good thoughts, geologists, science, politics, good will and anything else gets them out of that hole. It is simply horrible for anyone to endure; and where Chile is subject to earthquakes, the sooner the better!!

    August 30, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  2. Hitch Fan

    Pray that god will intervene in your affairs on the assumption that you know better then he and that he didn't get it right the first time.

    August 30, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  3. MrEZ

    I pray that everyone that believes in the invisible skyman would grow the he11 up.

    August 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  4. riverrunner

    Hey prayer believers if prayer works would you be willing to stop the rescue efforts to drill a new shaft and just wait for God? didn't think so.

    Prayer. How to do nothing and think you're helping.

    August 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
    • Kate


      There was this religious guy during a major flood (pick one of your choosing) who climbed on his roof as the waters rose.

      A guy in a rubber dinghy came past, but he waved it off, saying "God will save me". The waters kept rising.

      A rescue crew came by in a powerful boat, but he waved them off, saying "God will save me". The waters kept rising.

      A helicopter hovered overhead, but he waved it off, saying "God will save me". The waters kept rising.

      In the end, the waters crested the roof of his house and he drowned. He came before God in the hereafter, and he said "I had faith in you, why didn't you save me?"

      God replied "Who do you think sent you a dinghy, a boat, and a helicopter?"

      Stop trying to second guess 🙂

      August 29, 2010 at 9:15 pm |
  5. David Johnson

    At times like this, I wish prayer actually worked.

    August 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
    • Kate

      @David Johnson

      Can you prove it wasn't a factor in this case?

      (Ratzinger doesn't count since he's late to the game)

      Just sayin' 🙂

      August 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  6. Kate

    I bet the families would have appreciated the sentiment 3 weeks ago when they didn't even know their loved ones were still *alive*.

    Talk about jumping on the bandwagon for column inches.

    August 29, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
    • Ken

      Kate,,,, did you ever consider that the Pope would have offered prayers 3 weeks ago if he had known about it? I didn't hear anything about it until they were found alive. Did you?

      August 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
    • Kate


      I knew about it August 6th from BBC News Online (I think)

      Which isn't to say that it wasn't "front page news" until they found them alive, I'll readily grant you. But give that Chile is 70% Roman Catholic, I think it's a safe bet that the Vatican was getting reports about the incident as soon as the local priests knew.

      August 30, 2010 at 10:01 am |
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