Hundreds of Cuban parishioners attended a Sunday mass for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is recovering from cancer surgery in Havana.
The parishioners gathered at the National Shrine of Saint Lazarus, in the Cuban capital, to ask for Chavez’s health improvement amidst his complex recovery process.
May God strengthen him in this particular moment, said father Sergio Cabrera as he officiated the Lent Mass usually held in the temple in favor of the sick.
On this occasion we will include prayers for the health of president Chavez, whom the Catholic Church has already dedicated similar ceremonies at the Cathedral of Havana, the Church of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre and the Shrine of the Virgin of Regla, among other temples, recalled the priest.
The ceremony coincided with the 40-day Lent period, in which Christians get ready for Easter.
The mass was attended by Venezuelan ambassador to Havana Edgardo Ramirez, Venezuelan youths studying in Cuba and officials with that country diplomatic mission.