Saturday, May 26, 2007

President Chavez Welcomes Pope Correction

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appreciated what he described as Pope Benedict XVI's "wise correction" of remarks he made in Brazil about evangelization in Latin America.

His Holiness did not apologize, but he wisely rectified what he said a few days ago and admitted that during the process of colonization there were many dark things, many violations, said Chavez.

In a speech at an air base in the state of Anzoategui, the Venezuelan leader recalled that, a week ago, he requested the Pope to apologize for what he said in Brazil that there was no imposition during evangelization.

His Holiness cannot come to these lands to deny the indigenous holocaust. I beg him to offer apologies to the peoples of Latin America.

It would be the right thing to do, Chavez said then.

Today, the Venezuelan president said that those expressions by the chief of the Catholic Church worried many because they did not square with crude historic reality in this land, the scene of "the worst genocide, a real holocaust."


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