Sunday morning quake rocks Italy…
Earthquake in Norcia:
Basilica of St. Benedict Destroyed
(click to enlarge – source: Monks of Norcia)
Around 7:40 am local time, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit just north of Norcia in central Italy. The quake was so powerful that the centuries-old Basilica of St. Benedict and the co-cathedral nearby were destroyed. The following is a note posted by the monks living there:
Around 7:40 AM, a powerful earthquake struck close to Norcia….
The Basilica of St. Benedict, the historic church built atop the birthplace of St. Benedict, was flattened by this most recent quake. May this image serve to illustrate the power of this earthquake, and the urgency we monks feel to seek out those who need the Sacraments on this difficult day for Italy.
(Source: Monks of Norcia)
As this note says, Norcia (Nursia) is the cradle of St. Benedict, where he was born together with his twin sister, St. Scholastica, in the fifth century, and the basilica itself was built on top of their birth place — now it is gone.
St. Benedict is the founder of Western monasticism. In 1947, Pope Pius XII issued an encyclical letter on St. Benedict, which includes the following anecdote:
Trusting in God and relying on His ever present help, [St. Benedict] went south and arrived at a fort “called Cassino situated on the side of a high mountain . . .; on this stood an old temple where Apollo was worshipped by the foolish country people, according to the custom of the ancient heathens. Around it likewise grew groves, in which even till that time the mad multitude of infidels used to offer their idolatrous sacrifices. The man of God coming to that place broke the idol, overthrew the altar, burned the groves, and of the temple of Apollo made a chapel of St. Martin. Where the profane altar had stood he built a chapel of St. John; and by continual preaching he converted many of the people thereabout.”
(Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Fulgens Radiatur, n. 11)
Clearly, St. Benedict wouldn’t have been a friend of Francis’ ecumania and had a thoroughly different understanding of the “culture of encounter”.
The following photos show, first, the intact basilica as it was known until last evening, and then various pictures of the collapsed building (click each photo to enlarge):
(Photo Source: Twitter)
Shocks were also strongly felt in Rome, which is only 70 miles from Norcia, as this short video clip shows.
We cannot fail to notice, of course, the curious timing of this disaster: The earthquake occurred on the last Sunday in October, the Feast of our Lord Jesus Christ the King, King over individual souls but also King over families, societies, and nations. The Feast of Christ the King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 to promote the Social Kingship of Christ so that His rights would no longer be denied by countries and societies, and so that, all people having voluntarily submitted themselves to the sweet yoke of His most gentle rule (cf. Mt 11:29-30), true peace could finally flourish throughout the world.
The Vatican II Sect, of course, has abandoned this Catholic doctrine and instead replaced it with their religious liberty error, which has led to such grotesque absurdities as the ever-recurring Interreligious Prayer Meeting for “Peace” in Assisi, in which Francis participated most recently. Assisi, we recall, is the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, and there too a powerful earthquake destroyed a basilica some 19 years ago…
Lastly, it is surely no coincidence that this earthquake in Norcia hit just one day before the Jesuit apostate in Rome, Jorge Bergoglio aka “Pope Francis”, travels to Lund, Sweden, to meet with pro-abortion, pro-sodomy, pro-contraception Lutherans to celebrate the Protestant Reformation (see our report here and Francis’ interview on his trip here). Words fail at the brazenness of this open betrayal of Jesus Christ and His holy doctrine, but, alas, too many people seem not to care or simply unwilling to draw the necessary conclusions about Francis and his sect.
At the time we publish this post, reports are coming in that the shocks in central Italy are still continuing. Please pray that people will be safe and that this latest natural disaster will awaken everyone from their Novus Ordo slumbers.
Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, have mercy on us!