Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez became emotional during a Mass held in his home state of Barinas Thursday.
Flanked by family members, Chávez asked God: “Please don’t take me yet.” In a breaking voice, he said he still has “things to do for my people and my country.”
Little is known about the 57-year-old socialist leader’s condition, including what type of cancer he has. Chávez has undergone three operations in less than a year, and received two sessions of radiation treatment.
He says the latest surgery was successful, and that he will be fit to win a new six-year term in October.
Chávez underwent an operation in February in Cuba to remove a tumor from his pelvic region. A tumor was extracted from the same area last year. He has also undergone two rounds of radiation therapy.