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Priest dies during wedding ceremony

2012-09-25 15:48

Berlin - Church authorities say a Roman Catholic priest died while performing a wedding ceremony in Germany.

Munich's Merkur newspaper reports that the priest had just begun a prayer on Saturday at the St Lambert abbey chapel in Bavaria when he fell forward onto the stone floor.

Wedding guests performed first aid on the 47-year-old Polish-born priest while the organist tried to comfort the distraught bride.

The archdiocese of Munich and Freising in southern Germany confirmed on Tuesday that the priest died of a heart attack.

It said the priest led an Italian-speaking community in nearby Rosenheim after spending many years working in Rome.

Merkur reports the wedding of the German bride and her Italian groom continued at a nearby church with another priest.

Comments
  • tandi.freeman - 2012-09-25 16:04

    Never know when your time's up.

      fazel.bolley - 2012-09-25 16:56

      Great story for the kids, "Remember when I said "I DO" and the priest died laughing"

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-09-25 18:57

      I have known a dear Priest who in his 80's desired to die while performing such a sacramental act. There was always a younger Priest on duty when he led, just in case.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-09-25 22:42

    Zaatheist you dare not speak this way of Allah, you will be struck down.

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