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German Church Finally Grant Young Lad His Dying Wish – To Have Borussia Dortmund’s Crest On His Gravestone

By Chris Wright

Terminally ill Jens Pascal, 9, pictured with Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp last Christmas

Thanks largely to a 140,000-strong Facebook campaign, a German church have finally agreed to allow 9-year-old Jens Pascal have his dying wish honoured and have the crest of his favourite football club, Borussia Dortmund on his gravestone.

After succumbing to a malignant brain tumour, Jens died in May and was buried at the┬áChurch of Maria Heimsuchung in Dortmund, though the Catholic church were initially reluctant to grant his request on the grounds that a Dortmund logo on his headstone wouldn’t conform to ‘rules which ban non-Christian inscriptions and images’ on display in their graveyard.

Dortmund fans began spreading the word using a Facebook page entitled “The Last Wish of Jens Pascal” and soon hundreds of thousands of football fans across Germany joined to express their disbelief at the church’s refusal.

The campaign worked and the church have agreed on a re-drafted design for Jens’ gravestone which will see the Dortmund logo and a football placed on the ground next to the grave. While it’s not exactly what Jens wanted, it would appear his parents are happy with the compromise.

A statement issued by the Church of Maria Heimsuchung said:

“It was never the intention of the church to stand in the way of the little boy’s last wish. It was about reconciling the interests of the Church community, the cemetery rules and the interests of the parents of the child who died.”

Rest in Peace, Jens.

(Image: Ruhr Nachrichten)

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By Chris on November 16th, 2012 in Bundesliga. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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5 Responses to “German Church Finally Grant Young Lad His Dying Wish – To Have Borussia Dortmund’s Crest On His Gravestone”

  1. C says:

    So if enough people sign a petition on a social network site, we can make pretty much anything allowed/legal… Just threathen with some bad PR, and you’re good to go!

  2. Eckpfosten says:

    You call this democracy. It is for those who care about things ;)

  3. plops says:

    Catholics eh? I’d say institutional child abuse and then trying to cover it up is more non-Christian than a logo on a gravestone (and let’s not start the whole anti-abortion and contraception views). But of course it won’t make him happy because he’s dead now and he’ll never know, the poor sod. Plus you’d think having a logo and a football next to a grave would look more messy in the graveyard, like those chavtastic graves you see covered in flowers, windchimes, propelor things and God knows what other tat they can find. At least the parents will get a bit of “closure” I suppose.

  4. Maccer says:

    @Plops:
    Insulting a Religion- Check
    Making a mockery of a child’s dying wish- Check
    Looking like a cock- Check

    This was just supposed to be a warm footballing story, ‘God knows’ we need it with the scandals we have been accustomed of hearing. Way to ruin it

  5. Anticlerecist says:

    Plops is on the right track. The Catholic church has had a whole lot of bigger PR nightmares recently, well, actually for quite some time. This is (hopefully) a minor distraction.

    Maybe the parents became Lutheran? Or C of E at the very least. LOL

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