"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pope Benedict prays for Chilean miners during rescue operation

Vatican Radio - Pope Benedict XVI said on Wednesday he is praying for the ongoing rescue operation in Chile, where the 69-day ordeal of 33 miners is coming to an end. The miners began leaving the mine at midnight local Chilean time. The miners have survived more time trapped underground than anyone on record, and the world was captivated by their endurance and unity as officials carefully planned.

The Holy Father's remarks came while addressing Spanish-speaking pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. The Pope said he “continues with hope to entrust to the goodness of God the miners in the region of Atacama”.The Ambassador from Chile to the Holy See, Fernando Zegers Santa Cruz, says the faith of the miners was important during the ordeal.

“The miners commended the operation to their patron St. Lawrence,” he told Vatican Radio. “The miners ‘downstairs’ and the families ‘upstairs’, they have all put their fortunes in the hands of God,” he said. “It has been a testimony of faith.”

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