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.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Chile • Devil • 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.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Chile

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."


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Chile • 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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