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Four miners carry a statue of San Lorenzo, the patron saint of miners, to the rescue shaft at the San Jose mine in Chile

One of their first requests, after a crucifix, was for statues of Our Lady and the saints

A makeshift shrine set up by relatives of the trapped miners (Photo: AP)

Miners convert part of their shelter into a shrine as they brace themselves for another four months underground

Benedict XVI refers to plight of miners in his Angelus address