Lightning Strikes St. Peters Basilica Hours After The Pope Announced Resignation

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A lightning bolt centered on the dome of  St. Peter’s Basilica would make for an interesting photo any day of the year – but when taken just hours after the Pope announced his resignation as leader of the Catholic church, it is even more likely to spark conversation.

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The above images was captured during a storm in the Vatican city yesterday at 6 p.m. local time, just hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would be stepping down for health reasons.
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Global news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) tweeted the photo, taken by agency photographer Filippo Monteforte, Tuesday morning to much skepticism and intrigue.
As is increasingly the case now, in an age of hyper-social news and speedy image doctoring, many cried foul upon seeing the image.

 

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