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Papal surprise for 90-year-old Catholic

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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Rose Marriott was tricked by her children into thinking that she was attending a mass at St Mary's Catholic Church in Above Rocks, St Cathrine, last Saturday.

However, when the lifelong Catholic arrived, she found family and friends waiting with a huge birthday cake and the biggest surprise ever — a framed blessing from Pope Francis to mark her 90th birthday.

Marriott, of course, was stunned.

Ninety-two-year-old Aston Chung, who said he and Marriott have been friends since their teenage years, expressed pleasure at the celebration.

“We used to live nearby in Mount Matthews. I knew her through the church when we were teenagers,” he told the Jamaica Observer, explaining that they both used to worship at Holy Family Catholic Church in Cassava River.

“We still get along same way until now. We never had any problems,” he said.

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