Toasting the pope

posted by Kaihsu Tai on April 4th, 2005

Yesterday after church, I went to Carfax Fish and Chips.

I ordered my fish and chips, and the gentleman behind the counter said, ‘The Pope is dead.’ I showed him the prayer card I got from the Oratory earlier in the day.

He said he missed the mass. I told him that the requiem service will likely be in the early part of the coming week.

He asked where I was from, and then told me that he was from Ecuador. He gave me a glass of wine, and we toasted to the late Pope and the next one. He was about to close as I came in, he said.

I ate my meal and had my drink; and gave the glass back to him saying, ‘Gracias, mi hermano. Dios le bendiga.’ ‘Gracias’, he said.

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  1. On April 13, 2005 at 04:31 Dr Kaihsu Tai (Oxford, England) said:

    I am reading the John Paul II obituary issue of The Tablet; it is quite helpful.