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Chavez Starts Radiation Therapy, May Meet Pope
Reuters ^ | 3/25/12 | Daniel Wallis

Posted on 03/26/2012 7:27:53 AM PDT by marshmallow

(Reuters) - Venezuela's Hugo Chavez said on Sunday he had started radiation treatment in Cuba, where he could also meet Pope Benedict in the latest high profile development as the president tries to fight off cancer and win re-election.

Chavez was back in Havana a month after he had surgery there to remove a second malignant tumor from his pelvis. The treatment will take him off the political stage just as his election rival gears up a nationwide campaign tour ahead of the October 7 vote.

In a phone call to Venezuelan state TV, Chavez said he had undergone the first of five sessions of radiation therapy.

"Last night I had the first session, fortunately without any kind of problems. Early tonight I'll have a second application," he said. "God willing, I will be in Venezuela on Thursday."

The return of the socialist leader to the communist-led island will coincide with a rare visit to Cuba by the pope, and Venezuelans have been captivated by the possibility that Chavez, who says he has gained a new spiritual outlook on life since his illness, could have a private audience with him.

There was no official confirmation of that, but Nelson Bocaranda, a pro-opposition Venezuelan journalist who has broken news on the president's treatment in the absence of details from the government, said his sources in Cuba and high up in the Catholic church told him the pope had agreed to meet Chavez.

"The meeting will be strictly private, without media coverage, and the only ones who will be present, in addition to the pope and Chavez, could be the Castros and the Venezuelan's daughters," Bocaranda wrote in his column on Sunday.

"No other relatives nor Venezuelan officials can be at the meeting, which took so much to organize. No representative of.........

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1 posted on 03/26/2012 7:28:00 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

‘Chavez Starts Radiation Therapy, May Meet Pope’ READS

Chavez Starts Radiation Therapy, Better Meet Pope SHOULD READ


2 posted on 03/26/2012 7:31:12 AM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in the communityÂ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: STD

Nicely done.


3 posted on 03/26/2012 7:32:58 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky; STD

Try this one:

READS:
‘Chavez Starts Radiation Therapy, May Meet Pope’

SHOULD READ:
Chavez Starts Radiation Therapy, Skips Meeting Pope, Smells Sulfur, Gone In An Instant!


4 posted on 03/26/2012 7:39:42 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: marshmallow

He MAY meet the Pope, but he DEFINITELY WILL meet Jesus.........


5 posted on 03/26/2012 7:52:01 AM PDT by Red Badger (If the Government can make you buy health insurance, they can make you buy a Volt................)
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To: carriage_hill
How about:

"Chavez Starts Radiation Therapy, Soon to Meet Stalin and Mao".

6 posted on 03/26/2012 7:55:18 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: STD

Would rather he met his maker, rather than the vicar of christ.


7 posted on 03/26/2012 7:56:45 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: Mr. Lucky
I like that! I'd just add this, for clarity:

"Chavez Starts Radiation Therapy, Soon to Meet Stalin and Mao", In Hell.

8 posted on 03/26/2012 8:06:17 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: marshmallow
"He frequently invokes God and the spirits of the Venezuelan plains where he was born."

May the "spirits of the Venezuelan plains" grant him what ever health they can give him.

9 posted on 03/26/2012 8:15:56 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: marshmallow

I’d rather see him meet Jesus... for a couple of minutes.


10 posted on 03/26/2012 8:19:32 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: marshmallow

If he meets the Pope he had better hope the Pope doesn’t throw holy water on him or touch him with a cross.


11 posted on 03/26/2012 9:36:40 AM PDT by calex59
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