Venezuela's Christians Call for Unity After Chavez

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Some Venezuelans are mourning the death of President Hugo Chavez, felled by cancer at age 58. 

During Chavez' fight with cancer, Catholics and Evangelicals held prayer vigils for the president. 

Although relations between the government and the Church were often strained under Chavez, the head of Venezuela's Evangelical Council expressed optimism about the future.

"At this moment I would not expect there to be a great impact upon the Evangelical world for the worse," Samuel Olson said, "Unless some new government were to close or to limit the freedom of worship, and freedom of expression and freedom of association."

"We are expecting that we can continue and that we can be involved in some way in the electoral process as citizens of the country," he said. "We need transformation of our society and we need to trust that the Lord will change the society and not just a political, ideological system," said Olson. 

Olson and other evangelical leaders have called for unity and calm as a deeply polarized electorate prepares to decide who will lead Venezuela after Chavez. 

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