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From American Thinker
In Cuba, Hugo Chávez gets spiritual support from Jesus - not Marx
Religion in Cuba has long been marginalized: Marx was promoted over Jesus. Communist elites along with their goons and starry-eyed wannabees wouldn't be caught dead at a Catholic mass -- a subversive act in the hemisphere's last bastion of communism during its worst days; and now an act seen as politically incorrect.
So how ironic that Hugo Chávez, thought to be on his death bed in Havana while battling terminal cancer, is getting a boost from Jesus -- not Marx. Hundreds of Cubans and foreign officials have been praying for Chávez in some of the few churches on the Caribbean island -- an overwhelmingly secular state after generations of religious persecution. What's more, the outpouring of religious feelings for El Presidente is apparently taking place with the blessing of the state (though it's not being played up in Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party).
Over the years, Cuba's communist ruling class has persecuted ordinary Cubans for embracing religion -- calling it the opium of the masses and counter revolutionary. Yet an exception is being made for Chávez who, in recent months, has claimed to have found religion. In Venezuela, he has sprinkled his speeches with references to Christ and affirmed his "faith in God" - all the while simultaneously promoting his vision of a utopian socialist state. On December 11, Chávez underwent a fourth delicate cancer surgery in Havana, and shortly thereafter he contracted a pulmonary infection that's now causing severe breathing problems.
Last Saturday, Chávez's new-found religious feelings got a boost at the Cathedral of Havana where 400 people prayed for his recovery. In his homily for Chávez, parish priest Yosvany Carvajal was quoted by Venezuelan news outlet Globovision as telling his audience: "Today, thanks to your faith, we pray in a very special manner for President Chávez; that the Lord bless him and accompany him on his speedy recovery." Among the well-to-do audience members: Venezuelan Ambassador Edgardo Ramirez and Alex Castro, a son of Fidel Castro and his staff photographer.
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