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Venezuela: Chávez weeps at Mass, begs for healing

Catholic World News - April 06, 2012

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who has clashed repeatedly with the nation’s bishops since becoming president in 1999, attended Mass on Holy Thursday and prayed that he be cured of cancer.

Weeping, he said, “Give me life even if it's ... painful life. I don't care. Christ, give me your crown. Give it to me, I will bleed. ... Give me life because I still have things to do for these people.”

“Don't take me yet,” he added. After the Mass, he said that “this life has not been easy. The paths toward revolution never are easy.”

Upon returning from cancer treatment in Cuba the previous evening, Chávez had said, “Today I'm more Christian than ever. I've entrusted myself to the hands of Christ.”

“I'm clinging to life, and I ask God, Christ my Lord, to continue giving us life.”

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  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Apr. 06, 2012 10:57 PM ET USA

    I will pray for Chavez. Not just that he is cured of cancer, but that he retains the faith he has suddenly found. I fervently hope God does save him and the Holy Spirit guides the remainder of his life towards TRULY helping his people.

  • Posted by: stopliturgicalabuse - Apr. 06, 2012 6:19 PM ET USA

    Where was his remorse when he was causing pain, grief, and even death to come to thousands of innocent people? HIS people! Now that he is ill, he is suddenly weeping and begging Jesus to give him His Crown? I can only pray that he is sincere and that God has mercy on his soul!

  • Posted by: normnuke - Apr. 06, 2012 11:26 AM ET USA

    Chavez may yet become a salutary example for the people of Venezuela. And a consternation for his socialist thugocracy. And a reminder to us as well.

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