Prayers for Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in Caracas
Senior government officials pray for Chávez health recovery and return to Venezuela
Parishioners prayed on Monday for Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's health and soon recovery in a special Christmas Mass celebrated in a renowned church of Caracas.
The Mass was attended by senior government officials, including the vice-president, members of the Executive Office, and Congress deputies, who informed that their main prayers focused on the Venezuelan leader's health recovery and comeback. The event was also attended by Chávez followers.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."