President kisses Medjugorje crucifix
President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela used a crucifix from Medjugorje when he announced his scheduled operation on Cuba, and named his successor in case he would not be able to return. The image of the Virgin Mary on the crucifix back is from her statue in Tihaljina near Medjugorje.
Venezuela’s socialist president Hugo Chávez kissed a Medjugorje crucifix on December 8, when admitting there are risks to his coming operation for cancer on Cuba, and naming his eventual successor.
President Chávez is to return to Cuba to undergo surgery for a fourth time and said in a broadcast late on Saturday night that he wished his vice-president, Nicolás Maduro, to take his place, should he not be able to return to power.
“There are risks. Who can deny it?” said Chávez, seated alongside Maduro, according to the British daily The Guardian.
“I hope to give you all good news in the coming days. With the grace of God, we’ll come out victorious” Hugo Chávez said.Go on pilgrimage with Medjugorje Today – 2013 programme is here!
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