Monday, February 11, 2013

Benedict XVI resigns and lightning comes down from heaven

***UPDATE***
Video from the BBC here. Thanks to the person who posted the link in the comment box!

Apparently, this is no joke, though it seems a bit fantastic.

Tonight--the night after Benedict announced he is retiring from the papacy--a heavy thunderstorm descended on Rome and lightning struck St. Peter's Basilica. An Italian photographer caught it on film.


Here's the source.

Here's another.

Draw your own conclusion.

14 comments:

Nick said...

Beware of superstition.

Howard said...

@Nick

Beware of having no sense of humor.

Wendell said...

I have a sense of humour, and I agree with Nick.

Had the strike occurred along with the announcement, one might be more inclined to look for a connection.

Anonymous said...

Cardinal Sodano, in his speech reacting to Pope Benedict's announcement said to the Holy father: "Your announcemnet has come as a lightning bolt from a serene sky (come un fulmine al ciel sereno)which we would translate as a bolt from the blue.
I suspect the photo is not authentic but soem sort of photoshopped image trying to convey that sentiment. Could be wrong though!!

Caspar Ignatius said...

The devil is ticked?

Anonymous said...

CAN YOU NOT RECOGNISE THIS SIGN FROM GOD

HAVE YOU NO FEAR OF HIM OR WHAT MAY ANGER HIM

IF HE WERE PLEASED HE WOULD RATHER HAVE SENT A RAINBOW OR SHOWER OF ROSE PETALS

BUT INSTEAD A HUGE BOLT OF THUNDER TO HEAR HIS ROAR AND ANGER.....

PRAY THE POPE DOES NOT LEAVE ROME

Michael Barber said...

Anonymous:

Numerous sources are verifying the authenticity of this picture. In fact, thunderstorms were reported in Rome tonight. Some times truth is stranger than fiction.

Anonymous said...

This is a real one.
Watch the video here ---> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21421810

Anonymous said...

OOOOOO...St. Peter's just happens to be the highest point in Rome and during storms gets sturck frequently. I do hope it means that a Son of Thunder will become the next Pope, like John XIV! HA!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Nick. There is no connection between human decisions and the weather. Get a grip.

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Anonymous said...

Since when is the Pope of any importance?? Jesus said call no man Father, except God who is in heaven. They walk around like they are God. News flash, there not.

DanD said...

Typical thunderstorm generates 3-4 lightning strikes per minute. St. Peter's dome is 450 feet above the ground, one of the highest points in Rome. It has a lightning rod. Because it gets hit by lightning. Frequently.

In 2005 68 dairy cows were struck and killed by lightning in New South Wales. If god sent the St. Peter's bolt as an editorial comment on B-XVI's resignation, one can only imagine what he feels about whole milk. Or Guernseys. Whatever.

Caspar Ignatius said...

7:34 AM Anonymous:

"Since when is the Pope of any importance?"

Since, well:

"Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:17-19

“Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32

"When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” [Jesus] said to him, “Feed my sheep."--John 21:15-17

Anonymous, again:
"Jesus said call no man Father, except God who is in heaven."

Well, sorta. He also said call no man teacher, and most Christians could point out both their fathers and their teachers these days. Are we breaking Christ's commandment? I doubt it. God is our Father in the faith, of course--the ultimate, and in a key sense, the only. And yet, and yet...

"Even if you should have countless guides to Christ, yet you do not have many fathers, for I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel." 1 Corinthians 4:15. cf. http://www.catholic.com/tracts/call-no-man-father