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A message from above? Lightning strikes Vatican after Pope Benedict resigns
Blacktown Sun ^ | Feb. 12, 2013 | Megan Levy

Posted on 02/11/2013 4:00:57 PM PST by Alex Murphy

Pope Benedict XVI's resignation came like a bolt from the blue overnight.

And the weather around the Vatican was eerily appropriate, with lightning striking St Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest Catholic sites, on the same day that Pope Benedict announced he would be stepping down.

Global news agency Agence France-Presse published an image of lightning striking the basilica's dome, which it said was taken "on the day the Pope" announced his resignation.

AFP said the striking image was captured by photographer Filippo Monteforte, who works for Italian national news and photo agency ANSA.

Monteforte's website shows that he has photographed the Pope extensively for for more than a decade. He is also listed as a AFP photographer, with a portfolio of his work on the news agency's website.

The image was doing the rounds on social media overnight, with some people questioning its authenticity.

Fairfax Media photographer Nick Moir said the image looked genuine.

"It's probably not that rare for St Peter's to get hit," he said.

"The bolt is hitting a lightning rod to the side of the cross, it seems."

Although Moir said there was no way to verify when the photograph was taken.

Pope Benedict's resignation is the first by a pontiff for almost 600 years, and his decision stunned the Roman Catholic church.

In an address read out in Latin letter to his Catholic brethren,the 85-year-old said his advanced age and the pace of change in the modern world had left him unable to “adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me”.

He will step down as head of the Catholic church on February 28.

The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, said he had made up his mind nearly a year ago after trips to Mexico and Cuba tired him out.

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His 89-year-old brother, Georg Ratzinger, said: "Age is weighing on him. My brother would like more rest at this age."

Once he stands down, Benedict will be taken to Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer retreat near Rome, and will subsequently live in a cloistered monastery.

Previous Popes have stayed in the role until their death, despite physical and mental decay, in the belief that their prayer and suffering as they approach the end are a part of their role.

The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII in 1415, to help resolve a dispute between the three people who claimed to be the Pope.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: lightningstrike; poperesigns; stpeters; stpetersbasilica
....the weather around the Vatican was eerily appropriate, with lightning striking St Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest Catholic sites, on the same day that Pope Benedict announced he would be stepping down. Global news agency Agence France-Presse published an image of lightning striking the basilica's dome, which it said was taken "on the day the Pope" announced his resignation.


1 posted on 02/11/2013 4:01:02 PM PST by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy
God:

“Zot!!! you could of had a V8!!!”

2 posted on 02/11/2013 4:04:29 PM PST by Happy Rain ("Banning guns over Adam Lanza is like banning speech over Bill Maher.")
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To: STARWISE; Salvation; Alex Murphy

My prayers belong to Pope Benedict XVI.
God Bless and Keep him.

I’ve been so sad all day.


3 posted on 02/11/2013 4:06:32 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Alex Murphy
He will step down as head of the Catholic church on February 28.

Frivolous lawsuits to blame, no doubt.

4 posted on 02/11/2013 4:07:10 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: onyx

Picture him with his feet up, glass of wine in hand relaxing.

Frankly I don’t know why more don’t retire.


5 posted on 02/11/2013 4:12:49 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: onyx
Lets's pray for the College of Cardinals, that they not screw up and elect a weaselly liberal.
6 posted on 02/11/2013 4:23:21 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: cripplecreek

I pray his health will sustain him to continue to write. Praise God, we have all of his books. He’s such a humble and good man. He was my pick for Pope. A wonderful photo of him from the Vatican is on the wall right next to my computer and I’ll never take it down.


7 posted on 02/11/2013 4:24:24 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I hear a Missouri Synod Lutheran is in the lead for the job.


8 posted on 02/11/2013 4:26:31 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I’m praying! At least he named some conservative Cardinals, just like Pope John Paul II did. We will pray and pray and pray.


9 posted on 02/11/2013 4:28:13 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: AppyPappy

LOL

Bad.


10 posted on 02/11/2013 4:30:48 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: onyx

My thought is, that is EXACTLY why he is “getting out”. So he can have a behind the scenes role on who is going to be the next Pope.

He can watch all of the power plays going on behind the scenes and each group of Cardinals are trying to gather their allegiances.

I put it in God’s hands.


11 posted on 02/11/2013 4:32:27 PM PST by Dacula (Obama will send women into combat, but not let his son (if he had one) play football.)
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I take it as a good sign. I hope and pray the Cardinals can find a pope half as good as Pope Benedict.


12 posted on 02/11/2013 4:42:04 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: onyx

I remember a few years back the famous children’s book about his love for cats and one special cat named Chico. Now that he is stepping down, he can spend more time with the cats. God Bless Pope B16!


13 posted on 02/11/2013 4:46:27 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: onyx

As wonderful as those books, writing them must have taken it toll on him. Very in-depth.


14 posted on 02/11/2013 4:48:21 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Dacula

He’s not permitted a vote or to be in the conclave, but I concur with your point and there’s plenty of time between now and February 28 to let him make known his choice(s) if any, although I suspect he has at least two choices in mind.

Pope John Paul II wanted Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to be his successor, even though our Pope Benedict XVI wanted to retire even back then.

Like you, I also put it in God’s hands, knowing that Pope Benedict XVI is placing his trust in God too and in the Holy Spirit.

God bless and keep him and God bless and keep you, too.


15 posted on 02/11/2013 4:49:38 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Biggirl

Yes, he is likely our most brilliant and thoughtful Pope. I think he’s a genius, and he can write so that his writing is understood by lay people like me.


16 posted on 02/11/2013 4:51:46 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: AppyPappy

That isn’t funny.


17 posted on 02/11/2013 4:52:45 PM PST by Fudd Fan (Hillary lied, 4 Americans died)
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To: Alex Murphy
If it was a "warning from on High" heavenly bug zapper equipment check and ranging confirmation, why do I get the impression it wasn't ker-powed towards Mr. Ratzinger, but somebody in the building whom was licking their chops in hopes of being chosen successor? Am I the only guy that had that go thought through their mind first thing?

Like... right as certain thoughts going on in whomever it was' head (or multiple persons at once considering their own possible glory, and/or how to best scheme to obtain it). BOOM. With God, knowing all, sending a reminder,"hey! knock that off. don't even ~think~ about it, bub!"

18 posted on 02/11/2013 4:57:08 PM PST by BlueDragon (here kitty, kitty, kitty....)
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To: Alex Murphy

When he became Pope there where mutterings that he would be the last Pope on earth.


19 posted on 02/11/2013 4:58:10 PM PST by omega4179 ( Huelo azufre)
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To: Alex Murphy
Maybe he was just trolling for a raise and that was the Boss's answer.
20 posted on 02/11/2013 5:09:24 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Alex Murphy

21 posted on 02/11/2013 5:14:22 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: AppyPappy

I read elsewhere Italian bookmakers are are laying odds on possible successors. I’d bet you’d get fantastic odds on that bet.


22 posted on 02/11/2013 5:18:48 PM PST by DManA
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To: Alex Murphy

next up, peter the roman...


23 posted on 02/11/2013 5:31:11 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Ushering in the last days of Babylon.


24 posted on 02/11/2013 5:38:43 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: Truth2012
That's mayor Bloomberg's job ... and he's got it well in hand, thank you very much!
25 posted on 02/11/2013 6:00:32 PM PST by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: AppyPappy; Charles Henrickson
I hear a Missouri Synod Lutheran is in the lead for the job.

Pope Charles?

26 posted on 02/11/2013 6:14:51 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: Alex Murphy

Cardinal Dolan was interviewed in the studio at ABC by Diane Sawyer during the Monday night live broadcast of the ABC Evening News.

Sawyer showed the Cardinal this photo of the lightning strike at St. Peter’s. The Cardinal chuckled and said, “There’s going to be some over-cooked pasta!”


27 posted on 02/11/2013 6:24:54 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (November 6, 2012.....A day that will live in infamy!)
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To: Happy Rain

bkmk


28 posted on 02/11/2013 7:04:22 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Alex Murphy

It reminds me of something I read about an Asian country, like Burma or Cambodia, where they have a no-fly zone over certain temples. It is considered that there is a direct link between the temple and heaven and they don’t want people plowing through it. I wonder if they got that idea from seeing lightning hit the top of the temple.

So this picture looks to me like a visual reminder of the link between Heaven and the Church.


29 posted on 02/11/2013 7:18:21 PM PST by married21
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To: Alex Murphy
Well, I just had a teenag girl moment and hoped the new guy will keep his secretary, Monsignor Georg Gänswein, aka gorgeous George. Not very spiritual of me, I admit.
30 posted on 02/11/2013 7:34:30 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Alex Murphy

Okay....why is the surface of the dome and the roofs of neighboring buildings not lighter from the brightness of the lightning? It isn’t any brighter than in this pic, which doesn’t have any lightning:

http://citydestinations.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Light-st.-peters-basilica-obelisks-vatican-city.jpg

Let’s see....thunderstorm, plus tall building with metal cross on the top....equals....shocking scene!


31 posted on 02/11/2013 7:44:54 PM PST by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: Beowulf9

Ha! He’s what my mother would call “a real Father What-a-waste!” Not that I feel that way, mind you...


32 posted on 02/11/2013 7:47:08 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: Happy Rain; Alex Murphy; Chode

ZOT!!!

OH that is too much!! The Viking Kitty strikes at the Basilica!


33 posted on 02/11/2013 8:13:53 PM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.)
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To: Fudd Fan; AppyPappy
AP: I hear a Missouri Synod Lutheran is in the lead for the job.
FF: That isn't funny.

You're absolutely right. Because it was HILARIOUS!

34 posted on 02/11/2013 8:32:59 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Alex Murphy
Matt.24.27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Matt.28.3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.

Luke.17.24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.

Rev.4.5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God,

Rev.8.5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.

Rev.11.19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

Rev.16.18 And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake.

35 posted on 02/12/2013 12:07:07 AM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: D-fendr

My husband and I want Chaput for the next pope.


36 posted on 02/12/2013 1:45:29 PM PST by diamond6 (Need scientific proof of God? Check out: http://www.magisreasonfaith.org/)
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To: married21
It reminds me of something I read about an Asian country, like Burma or Cambodia, where they have a no-fly zone over certain temples. It is considered that there is a direct link between the temple and heaven and they don’t want people plowing through it. I wonder if they got that idea from seeing lightning hit the top of the temple.

So this picture looks to me like a visual reminder of the link between Heaven and the Church.

I'm not sure, but I think planes are not allowed to fly over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem because the holiness of the place goes "all the way up." That may be why the airport is at Tel-'Aviv instead of Jerusalem.

37 posted on 02/12/2013 2:09:42 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

cool!


38 posted on 02/12/2013 2:13:13 PM PST by married21
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To: Slyfox

Luke 10:18 And I saw satan falling from heaven as lightning.


39 posted on 02/12/2013 2:53:20 PM PST by hope (Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!)
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To: Alex Murphy; All
It hit twice one after the other. Amazing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZL0Z2nV3cU

40 posted on 02/12/2013 11:00:13 PM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: johngrace; All

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZL0Z2nV3cU


41 posted on 02/12/2013 11:00:57 PM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: johngrace; All
Matt.24.27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Matt.28.3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.

Luke.17.24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.

Rev.4.5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God,

42 posted on 02/12/2013 11:06:47 PM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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