Chavez, speaking [April 4] at the mass held for his health and broadcast on state television, said cancer is a "real threat" that takes many lives and that he has faith that he will win the fight against the disease.
"If this was necessary, may it be welcome," Chavez said, who wore a white T-shirt under a blue and white track suit. "But I ask God to give me life, however painful. I can carry 100 crosses, your crown of thorns, but don't take me yet. I still have things to do."