.- The rector of the Chilean National Shrine of Maipu, Father Carlos Cox, explained that the rescue of the 33 miners trapped in the San Jose mine is a sign of how God, together with man, brings about âtrue miracles.â
Speaking with CNA, Fr. Cox noted that Catholics must first give thanks to God for the rescue. âIf we look at this rescue from the engineering perspective, we can see that God is present.â
âThere was obviously a first-class technical effort, with the support of the government.â The priest added that âthe engineer in charge of the operation (Greg Hall) said it himself, the experience of God was very important.â
Hall previously told CNA about âone particular time when we were stuck, and really, I had no more answers. I was standing on the drill rig, and there really wasn't anything, technically, we were able to do. So I just started praying.â
The drill bit eventually loosened, and the team continued work on what Hall said was âthe hardest job I've ever been on in my 25 years, by far.â
Fr. Cox said the miners will continue to receive the pastoral care they need, and that Bishop Gaspar Quintana of Copiapo plans on continuing to meet with them and their families, âbecause he knows that the future they are facing will not be easy.â
An ecumenical liturgy in thanksgiving for the rescue will be lead by Bishop Alejandro Goic Karmelic, president of the Chilean Bishopsâ Conference on Oct. 25.