- Title: VATICAN: Lightning strikes Vatican soon after pope resigns
- Date: 12th February 2013
- Summary: VATICAN CITY (FEBRUARY 11, 2013) (REUTERS) LIGHTNING STRIKING ST PETERS BASILICA SLOW MOTION SHOT OF LIGHTNING STRIKE / FREEZE FRAME OF LIGHTNING
- Embargoed: 27th February 2013 12:00
- Location: Vatican City State
- Country: Vatican City State
- Topics: Weather,Religion,Religion
- Reuters ID: LVA8YN1UZ68EP0X0FB6WEGHZZI48
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- Story Text: Just hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his surprise resignation as pontiff, footage from Monday (February 11) evening showed the top of St Peter's Basilica being struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm over the Vatican.
The video clearly shows the sky being lit up as fork lightning dramatically strikes the top of the dome.
Pope Benedict sent shockwaves through the church on Monday when he announced he would stand down, the first pope to do so in 700 years, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to carry on.
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