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Midnight in Umbria’s city of Norcia.

Huge construction lights illuminate the facade of the Basilica of St. Benedict. Behind the facade, ruin.  The loss of this religious and artistic treasure will take decades to restore-if it can ever be restored.

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October 30, 2016 – the aftermath

The basilica was constructed over the site where,  in 480 AD, the founder of the Benedictine order and Sister St. Scolastica were born.

Benedict’s legacy has been plagued with difficulties. The Monastery of Monte Cassino, located close to Rome, was destroyed during the final years of WWII. Though it was rebuilt, the crosses that mark the cost of allied victory dot the cemeteries at the abbey.

Now, the loss of the home church.

PLEASE keep the people of central Italy in your thoughts, meditations and prayers.

In June of 2015, the monks released a CD of their chants, recorded within the nave of the Basilica. As you hear the bells, calling the monks to service, and you hear the echo of their voices as they reflect off of 13th century wall, please remember that the walls exist no more. Now, the ghostly rise of their voices seek the stars . . .

Please click on the album cover below to watch the beautiful and moving video to mark the launch of their album.(Note that if you purchase the CD from their site, a portion of the proceeds go to help those in need.)

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Our prayers are with those affected by a second series of large earthquakes that struck late this evening Central European Time, October 26, 2016, once again in central Italy.

The epicenter appears to be in the same general area of central Italy, not too far from Amatrice, one of the most heavily damaged villages in the August quake. Recent reports indicate that the quake’s center was about 36 miles from Perugia and shocks were felt as far away as Rome.

Here is a link to the latest update, as of 5:05PM EST October 26 2016:

Earthquake Central Italy October 26 2016

Per coloro che possono leggere l’Italiano, ecco un recente aggiornamento di nottizie italiana, la RAI:
Here is a map showing the general location of this most recent quake’s epicenter.
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