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Venezuelan Cardinal Calls for Halt to Chavez Worship

Affirms That Christ Is Much More Than a Social Leader

By Nieves San Martin

CARACAS, April 03, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, archbishop of Caracas, Venezuela, was very clear during Mass last Holy Wednesday: On seven occasions he reiterated that God became man only in Jesus Christ and He alone deserves all glory. He had already said something similar during the liturgy on Palm Sunday.

Given reactions to Cardinal Urosa's words, the Archdiocese of Caracas published extracts of his homily "to enlighten the faithful on the divinity of Christ and to clarify the confusion created by recent affirmations of a religious nature about deceased President Hugo Chavez."

"He who was taken to death for proclaiming his divinity (John 5:18; 10:33), he who suffered the unspeakable torment of the cross, after being subjected to tortures and cruel and inhuman mistreatment, is not any person, he was not a simple leader or great man of humanity, he was not a social activist. No, my dear brethren, Jesus of Nazareth is much more. He is God himself made man, who was sent by our loving heavenly Father to reveal to us the immensity of his love, and to show us the way of a serene, peaceable, upright, holy and happy life so that, free from sin and from every sort of evil and ignorance, we can attain to the happiness of eternal salvation," said Cardinal Urosa.

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