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David Quinn: Why there were no atheists in the mine

Published 15/10/2010 | 05:00

Trapped miner Omar Reygadas clutches a bible after reaching the surface to become the 17th to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile. Photo: Reuters
Trapped miner Omar Reygadas clutches a bible after reaching the surface to become the 17th to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile. Photo: Reuters

Religious belief allows people to hope against hope when the odds are stacked against them

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I was in Rome last week attending a conference on the Catholic media with 200 other journalists from 85 countries. Most were from Spanish-speaking countries, including a delegation from Chile.

During one of the sessions, a member of the Chilean delegation unfurled the Chilean flag and on it was written the signatures of the 33 miners who have been pulled out of their underground prison over the past couple of days.

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