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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Absent but omnipresent, Chavez a powerful symbol

A photograph of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, left, flanks one of Jesus Christ, held by a Chavez supporter at a rally Wednesday in Caracas, Venezuela. The connections between Chavez and Jesus are surfacing more often, having begun with Chavez himself praying to God on television, and repeatedly kissing a crucifix.