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Religious Leaders Reach Out to Families of Miners

Religious Leaders Reach Out to Families of Miners

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(KSL News) Religious leaders in Utah are expressing their condolences to those who have loved ones injured, killed or trapped in the mine.

The Pastor of a church in Price met with miners' and rescuers' families today about how they are doing.

"There are ups and downs. Their hopes go up and their hopes go down, but they remain strong in faith, they trust that God is with them even in the worst of times," said Father Donald Hope, Pastor of Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish.

Father Hope was concluding a special Mass last night when word of a second collapse came. He says his prayers are with the families dealing with this tragic incident.

Catholic Bishop John C. Wester released this statement: "Our prayers are with all of those affected; the original six trapped miners and their families; the families of the victims of the most recent collapse; rescue workers who put their lives at risk for the sake of their brothers; and the entire mining community who are suffering through this terrible series of events."

And there is a prayer of hope and comfort from the Episcopal Diocese of Utah. Carolyn Tanner Irish, the Episcopal Bishop of Utah said: "The courageous men who attempted the rescue of the six trapped miners did so on behalf of all who have followed this painful story over the past two weeks, and we honor them."

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