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Search resumes for priest who floated off

April 23, 2008

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— Rescuers scoured the waters off Brazil's southern Atlantic coast on Tuesday looking for a Roman Catholic priest who disappeared after floating into the sky strapped to hundreds of helium party balloons.

The Rev. Adelir Antonio di Carli lifted off from the port city of Paranagua on Sunday afternoon wearing a helmet, aluminum thermal flight suit, waterproof coveralls and parachute in a bid to break a record for the longest time in-flight with party balloons.

He was reported missing about eight hours later after losing contact with port authority officials. A cluster of colored balloons was found Tuesday night, floating intact in the sea off Brazil's southern Santa Catarina state near di Carli's last contact point, according to a photograph posted on Sao Paulo's UOL news Web site.

Hopes are still high for the priest's survival. Di Carli, who has taken jungle survival and mountain climbing courses, was carrying enough drinking water and cereal bars to stay alive for at least five days.

Comments

Confrontation 6 years, 7 months ago

"a Roman Catholic priest who disappeared after floating into the sky strapped to hundreds of helium party balloons."Guess he figured this was the only way for a priest to get into heaven ;)

trinity 6 years, 7 months ago

am i a horrible person for laughing?wow. just, wow.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 7 months ago

sometimes, the google ads that come up are funny too. on mine, the google ads that came up for this article were both porn blockers! now, where in the HE|| did google's ad program connect that to this story? the party balloons? brazil? LOL*very funny MD/toe. and as to a darwin award, being a priest, he's already supposed to be outa the genepool!

geniusmannumber1 6 years, 7 months ago

Don't you receive an automatic Darwin award for being killed in precisely the same manner as a previous winner of the Darwin award? Because the first guy who did it presumably didn't have a role model whose demise received world-wide media attention.On the other hand, aren't Darwin Awards given for brilliant folks removing themselves from the gene pool? As a priest, you wouldn't think he was reproducing--er, let's not open that can of worms.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 7 months ago

shatt,most priests are not molesters. most priests are very troubled about that problem in their ranks.

Take_a_letter_Maria 6 years, 7 months ago

Shatt (Anonymous) says: Maybe if the "Church" didn't force priests to remain chaste, then the molestation cases wouldn't happen. How many sexual molestation stories can you find that involve a Lutheran, Babtist, or Presbyterian pastor/leader? None? Thats what I thoughtThere are actually quite a few if you'd just go and look. Quite often it is that ever so reliable "Youth" Minister with his hand somewhere besides the cookie jar.

Take_a_letter_Maria 6 years, 7 months ago

Here's a little sample of what a couple minutes on Google can find for you.......http://reformation.com/CSA/variousabuse.html

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