Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino calls for peace and calm
"On this sad occasion, I express my condolences to his parents, son and daughters, relatives and friends, and his supporters around the country," said Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino referring to President Hugo Chávez's death
Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, the Archbishop of Caracas, who is in Rome to attend the conclave to elect a new pope at the Vatican, on Tuesday prayed to God for the eternal repose of the soul of President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez, who died Tuesday at 4:25 pm.
"On this sad occasion, I express my condolences to his parents, son and daughters, relatives and friends, and his supporters around the country," said Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino in a phone call to news channel Globovisión.
He called for peace and calm. Cardinal Urosa urged Venezuelans to reject violence and hoped that wisdom and harmony will prevail in the country in the coming days.
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.