January 9th, 2013
05:38 AM ET

Saint-like prayer for Chavez

Praying for Hugo Chavez has been a divine inspiration for some in Venezuela. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Catholic Church • Venezuela

Chavez: 'I still have things to do. ... do not take me yet'
Cuban President Raul Castro, left, greeted Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez upon his arrival last week.
April 6th, 2012
05:01 PM ET

Chavez: 'I still have things to do. ... do not take me yet'

By Catherine E. Shoichet and Nelson Quinones, CNN

(CNN) - An emotional Hugo Chavez discussed his struggle with cancer Thursday night, tearing up at times as he spoke at a Mass in western Venezuela.

"Christ ... give me life, because I still have things to do for the people and this country. Do not take me yet," the Venezuelan president said.

At a service in his home state of Barinas billed by state television as giving thanks for his health, Chavez described cancer as "a true threat that marks the end of the path for many people. The end of the physical path, that's the truth."

But Chavez stressed that he was recovering, saying he had "much faith, much hope, much willpower to defeat this threat, as many people have, with the help of God and medical science."

He ended his sometimes somber, sometimes jocular remarks at the Holy Thursday Mass with what he said was his message for God.

"Give me your crown, Christ, give it to me. Let me bleed. Give me your cross, 100 crosses, so I can carry them. But give me life, because I still have things to do for the people and this country," Chavez said. "Do not take me yet. Give me your cross, give me your thorns, give me your blood. I am prepared to carry it. But with life, Christ. Amen."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Americas • Christianity • Venezuela

Politicized nativity scene stirs controversy in Venezuela
A controversial nativity scene features Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
December 20th, 2011
02:53 PM ET

Politicized nativity scene stirs controversy in Venezuela

From Osmary Hernandez, for CNN

(CNN) - As far as Christmas traditions go, nativity scenes are generally quite similar, though local customs often find their way into such montages.

But one nativity scene in Venezuela has sparked controversy for what critics say overstepped the lines of taste, religion and politics.

The display in question is located inside the concourse of a group of residential and business towers in Caracas, placed there by employees of the country's ministry for women.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christmas • Politics • Venezuela

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