A traditional Catholic Mass to bless a rally for motorcyclists has been cancelled due to bad behaviour at last year's event.

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Priest cancels biker blessing after bread theft

A traditional Catholic Mass to bless a rally for motorcyclists has been cancelled due to bad behaviour at last year's event.


The motorists reportedly drank beer and stole the communion bread and wine to distribute them among their friends during last year’s ceremony on the Simplon Pass.

As a result of the their actions, the priest is refusing to celebrate the Mass this year.

According to the daily Corriere del Ticino, the local motorcycle club has tried to contact other priests unsuccessfully, before turning directly to the Sion Bishop, identified as Mons. Norbert Brunner. The Bishop reportedly opted for a simple liturgy without Communion, said the report.

The blessing of the bikes is a 25-year-old tradition celebrated every year on May 1st which gathers several hundreds participants, the paper said.


Royal flush

Under a series of pictures showing Queen Silvia apparently getting younger and younger, Sunday's Expressen gleefully announced its discovery that "behind the beautiful facade she hides a secret: Silvia has plastic surgery."

According to a ‘reliable source’ the queen goes to Brazil – apparently to be more discreet – for the “small adjustments” to her eyes, nose and mouth.

“She usually goes in the autumn, just before the Nobel Prize ceremony,” frothed the paper, which informed readers that the operations began just after her 50th birthday.

And whilst nobody can blame the queen for remaining tight-lipped about the operations over the last few years, Expressen found a plastic surgeon to explain her reticence.

“Even if cosmetic surgery has become more common, it still isn’t politically correct to say what you’re having done,” said Ivan Letterfors. “We still have some way to go before it’s completely acceptable – and of course, there are always risks.”

The queen isn’t alone, though. Some 25,000 Swedes a year have private plastic surgery, at a total cost of 600 million crowns. Those who were born in the 1940s form the biggest part of the market and, says Expressen, “there’s a particularly high demand among women whose appearance is in constant focus.”

But all the nips and tucks in the world wouldn’t have stopped the queen’s face from falling when she saw Monday’s Aftonbladet.

“King drives at 160km/h!” declared the paper, clearly trying to make up for lost time in the race for royal exclusives.

Fellow motorists were “shocked” last weekend when a yellow Porsche shot past them – with the king at the wheel. He and his entourage were on their way to Stockholm from Karlskoga.

“There were three BMWs behind the king and then a Saab Cabriolet with Princess Madeleine in the passenger seat,” said a witness who seemed to have a bit of a thing for cars. “They were driving unbelievably fast and there was a smell of burning rubber.”

Another witness, Hans Danielsson, picked up the chase just outside Stockholm.

“I saw it was the king when I was next to him at a red traffic light,” he told Aftonbladet. “Just after I’d been stopped for speeding.”