Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The show must go on

I thought nothing could surprise me anymore about Italy. Well, I was wrong.

What I’m about to tell you happened in Trento, main city of the region Trentino, close to the Alpi Mountains, beautiful churches and breathtaking landscapes.
It’s 8 am and the daily morning Holy Mass has just kicked off. The small crowd of believers is listening carefully to Father Peron’s advices to gain another 5% of Heaven when Mr. Pio Leita, 86, suddenly collapses and dies from heart attack.
Panic among the faithful, a doctor is called, he confirms the death but the body can’t be removed before the judge’s authorisation.

What now? Father Peron thinks it’s appropriate to keep on with the celebration, advices and holy songs. Why? To be correct with the other people, it wouldn’t be fair to transform the fact into a “case”.
Of course father, people die every day. To who, amazed, believes that at least for respect the priest should have stopped the celebration, the holy man replies: “Only who doesn’t know how the Mass works doesn’t understand my choice. We couldn’t stop, we’ve prayed for him”.

Ok, does this mean that the poor man got two funerals? Or that a Mass must go on no matter what?

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