February 12, 2013
Lighting Strikes St. Peter’s Basilica, Maybe Pope Shouldn't Have Quit
Or since the Basilica is the highest natural point for the lighting to strike and there's actually probably a lighting rod on the top of it to make the building safe in case of thunder storms. Either or. But that doesn't make this story any less sensational. Mere hours after the pope said he would be resigning, lighting hit St. Peter's Basilica.
Alessandro Di Meo, one of two photographers who captured the ominous event on camera, told the BBC he was met with much skepticism after his photo went public. "I understand that the picture may be incredible," he said. "Photos of lightning have always been done, but the only difference, in this case, is that it is the right place and at the right time."
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