(JERUSALEM) -- It's being called a pilgrimmage of thanks as Israel is treating 25 of the 33 rescued Chilean miners to an all-expenses-paid 8-day tour of the Holy Land. The group arrived Wednesday night.
The 25 Chilean miners accompanied by their wives came off the plane singing with excitement. At their reception ceremony, miner Jose Henrequez said they considered it a blessing to come to the place of the God they prayed to when they were trapped in the mine and give thanks.
Highlights of the miners' tour will include Jesus' birthplace in Bethlehem, the stations of the cross on Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa, and the church where Jesus is believed to have been resurrected. Several miners have also decided to be baptised near the Sea of Galilee.
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