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Hundreds Gather at Mass for Trapped Miners

Hundreds Gather at Mass for Trapped Miners

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Carole Mikita ReportingHundreds gathered in Huntington this morning to pray for the safe return of the six trapped miners.

The Mexican Consul, Governor Jon Huntsman and Bishop John Wester were all in attendance, as were members of all the miners' families, who came together today for this special mass.

The tiny Mission church opened its doors to the miners' families and the community seeking peace away from worry and fear.

Susan Austin, with the Mission San Rafael, said, "There's always hope, lots of hope. And so, we hope, yes, hope and pray for the best."

In song, prayer and sermon came hope for an easing of the burden.

Arch Allred, cousin of miner Kerry Allred, said, "I'm sure, as every day goes by, they feel a little bit less. But again, the thoughts and prayers of everybody is what the family needs right now."

Retired miner Victor Pacheco said, "I'll never give up hope, as long as I know that they haven't found them yet. And if they're behind the cave, they're all right."

The message today was that everyone needs to hold onto hope. It came from the community, from leaders of the church, and also from representatives of the government.

Bishop John Wester, of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake told those in attendance, "God is always with us and God will never, ever abandon us, even in our darkest hour."

As they participated in the mass, the miners' families heard their missing loved ones praised for what they do for all of us.

Bishop Westor left the miner's family with this message: He assured them no matter the outcome God will be with them.

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