I just stumbled across this most curious of stories, via Pharyngula: Priest Attached to Party Balloons Vanishes in Brazil. What imagery!
Rev. Adelir Antonio de Carli lifted off from the port city of Paranagua on Sunday afternoon, wearing a helmet, thermal suit and a parachute.
He was reported missing about eight hours later after losing contact with port authority officials, according to the treasurer of his Sao Cristovao parish, Denise Gallas.
Gallas said by telephone that the priest wanted to break a 19-hour record for the most hours flying with balloons to raise money for a spiritual rest-stop for truckers in Paranagua, Brazil’s second-largest port for agricultural products.
Pieces of balloons have been found off the coast of Santa Catarina; Rev. Adelir Antonio de Carli’s whereabouts, though, have yet to be discovered.
Be sure to click the article link above for a short video complete with haunting visuals of the priest and his many balloons disappearing into the clouds.