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11:07 AM on 02/12/2013
Cynics will explain away anything --- even their own existence. When something like this happens, they come out of the woodwork. They don't even give room for the "possible". Lightning rods do not attract lightning -- they are there to conduct the current safely to the ground. Also notice the very single, straight line of the bolt going directly to the top of the dome as opposed to the other general photos of lightning bolts. And, lastly, the timing -- Most paranormal (supernatural) happenings have an element of "coincidence". Maybe there is no special message, maybe the Heaven's are just taking note of an even that hasn't happened to the church in 600 yrs. Or, maybe, remembering Peter's disposition, he just wanted to give a "wake up call" --- using the Dome of his namesake. Anything is possible.
11:11 AM on 02/12/2013
The lightning rod was installed precisely because St. Peter's is frequently struck by lightning. This is simply far too natural to be supernatural.
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11:41 AM on 02/12/2013
What about the timing.  Apparently everything is a coincidence. And then there are others (including .philosophers) who say their is no such thing as a coincidence.  This event may very well have been a "coincidence", or it may not have been.  No one has the corner on what really happened. Even Eienstein admitted the possbile. Face it, neither of us can say for certain.
11:12 AM on 02/12/2013
Except what you said.
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Asal Cliste
The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last.
11:05 AM on 02/12/2013
and, and, and the next morning, the next morning, yeah, this really happened, the next morning, the sun came up. yeah, I know, right?
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lynus55
I'm cute and powerless to stop it!
11:04 AM on 02/12/2013
A sign? From an imaginary friend? How?
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Asal Cliste
The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last.
11:04 AM on 02/12/2013
God to Ratzie: "I wish I knew how to quit you"
SPKen
Anti-war
11:02 AM on 02/12/2013
oo spookey.
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madcityy
11:01 AM on 02/12/2013
wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
10:57 AM on 02/12/2013
Lightning hitting St. Peter's Basilica, not news. Lightning hitting the Pope, that's news.
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beebopinNH
be not simply good - be good for something.
10:56 AM on 02/12/2013
yeah. Zeus is celebrating too.
10:55 AM on 02/12/2013
It's one of the tallest buildings in the area and it's equipped with a lightning rod. I'd be more concerned if lightning didn't strike this building. What's God's next sign going to be? Is the ground going to get wet when it rains? Jesus Christ...
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10:54 AM on 02/12/2013
I'd have been more impressed if the lightning was going upward.
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snickers58
I'm watching you...
10:54 AM on 02/12/2013
Doesn't a lightning rod placed on a building of religion show lack of faith??
10:54 AM on 02/12/2013
BOYS IN RAGS A JOKE
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lioness39
10:52 AM on 02/12/2013
Maybe Himself is displeased with old men dressed in Mardi Gras costumes.
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Opus Fideo
Atheist. Social Democrat. Canadian.
10:51 AM on 02/12/2013
It is surely a sign that Thor is pleased that the false prophet has stepped down.
ThinkCreeps
Seriously, it's time.
10:53 AM on 02/12/2013
Nah - Thor's good - he would have been able to blast Ratzinger right in his bed.
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11:04 AM on 02/12/2013
You know what's said about Atheism eh?

Its a non-prophet organization.
11:13 AM on 02/12/2013
HA! Good one!
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rcnc1980
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10:39 AM on 02/12/2013
Ooooooooo.