Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Nearer my God to Thee -- Update

Remember Father Adelir Antonio de Carli, the Brazilian Catholic priest who went missing in his lawn chair, balloon stunt that I posted here? Nearer my God to Thee

Here is an update:

Body of ballooning Brazilian priest found at sea

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The body of a Brazilian priest who floated out over the ocean suspended by hundreds of helium-filled party balloons, has been found off the coast of southeastern Brazil, police have confirmed.

The corpse of Father Adelir Antonio de Carli was spotted by a tugboat at sea near the city of Macae, three months after he disappeared while flying a contraption buoyed by balloons over the Atlantic Ocean in a fund-raising stunt.

“We were almost certain that it was the priest due to various elements, such as the clothes and material used in the balloon trip,” Macae’s chief of police, Daniel Bandeira, said on Monday. “The DNA only confirmed our suspicions.”

The priest disappeared on April 20 after he called friends from his mobile phone to say he was about to crash into the ocean.

He staged the stunt to help raise money for a chapel for truckers in his highway parish.

He phoned friends but no humans could get to him, and since no friends could help him, he was doomed because God never shows up and all the magical prayers people were saying to their imaginary friend to save the priest were pointless.

The video…YouTube has everything:


2 comments:

Greg said...

LOL!! Yeah, I saw that article yesterday and was going to send you the link to it, but figured you would catch that too.

Actually I have to feel sorry for that priest or rather his family/friends. After all, even if he suffers from that gawd delusion, at least he was trying to do some good with that stupid stunt for raising money for charity.

Stardust said...

It's so funny and so tragic at the same time. Yes, he was trying to do something good, poor guy.