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DJ priest: “Jesus is #1!”

And now, for something completely different: a priest who puts a new spin on the gospels.

Take a look:

“Jesus Is Number One!” shouts deejay priest Don Roberto Fiscer as he lines up the latest number by Lady Gaga for parishioners gathered at a beach resort in northwestern Italy.

In Fiscer’s unique way of spreading the gospels, he proclaims over throbbing disco music: “I have a message for you that comes straight from heaven: without Jesus there is no future, without Jesus we have no love, no joy.”

Fiscer’s flock, ranging in age from seven to 77, go wild in appreciation.

On this summer evening, Fiscer, 33, sports a lemon yellow T-shirt emblazoned with an image of the Virgin Mary and child and the words: “You are my river of love.”


In seventh heaven himself, the priest rewards his admirers with the latest hit by Italian singer Jovanotti, “Baciami Ancora” (“Kiss Me Again”), Dorothy Norwood’s “Shake the Devil Off” or Britney Spears’ “123.”

“I alternate the classics that you hear in nightclubs with remixed religious music,” Don Roberto told reporters.

“Music is what young people like the most. Through music, Jesus reaches their hearts,” said the priest, who was a cruise ship entertainer before going to seminary at age 23.

The event, held each Wednesday at Arenzano’s San Pietro resort since mid-June, has a solid following.

“Some people here in Arenzano find it bizarre, even a bit surprising, but it’s really a great thing because these evenings bring together children, parents, families – and that’s what’s most important,” said Patrizia Rossi, who turned up in a multi-coloured dress with her son Filippo in tow.

He’s great, he’s a super person who’s a lot of fun,” said Filippo, around 10.

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posted August 19, 2010 at 11:06 am

My name is Natalia and i’m getting desperate.. hehehe and maybe you can help!
I was looking for a cool priest in the Uk (London area), to have a blessing ceremony at home in alternative to a wedding. I still wanted it to be “catholic” related…
Do you maybe know somebody???
Please help
Thanks Natalia

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posted August 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Catholic weddings have to be in the Church building. And there are no “blessings” in lieu of wedding, you either marry or you don’t! Sorry, but that is what the Church mandates. Of course you will always find some lost soul out there who will perform what you want.

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Gerard Nadal

posted August 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Any particular reason that you reject God’s wise design for His creation, which is you?

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