Published February 13, 2013 by leaveittogossip


Is it a sign from God or a massively impressive display of the force of nature?

While that answer may depend on your own theology, there’s no doubt that Agence France Presse photographer ‘s Filippo Monteforte picture of lightning set against St. Peter’s Basilica on Feb. 11 – the same day Pope Benedict XVI resigned – is spectacular in its own right. Monteforte had his camera trained on the building in Vatican City when the clouds seemed to part as a single bolt of lightning happened to strike the holy structure.

(MORE: The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI: Is It Health? Or Politics? Or Both?)

According to Monteforte himself, the fortuitous picture was the result of a lot of guesswork and included a severe display of patience as he waited for more than two hours for an opportune shot:

I took the picture from St. Peter’s Square…

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