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Basilica of St. Benedict has collapsed

norcia-basilicaThis morning, at approximately 7:40 a.m.  (Rome time) another earthquake struck central Italy. The Media is reporting that it was 6.6. From the pictures you can see the aftermath: the destruction Norcia Basilica. Indeed, the Basilica of St. Benedict has collapsed.

Please pray for Father Cassian and the monks of Norcia and all this affected by these earthquakes.

Recent earthquakes have been felt in Rome and while no great damage to buildings there, there is damage appearing to places like St. Paul Outside the Walls, cracks showing at the top part of the colonnade.

Monks beat Taylor Swift

Norcia monks chantingIf you can imagine the headline that “Monks beat Taylor Swift” in record sales, then you know Church tradition is right. Music sales of chant always seem to do well. The chant has a transcendent quality which makes the music quite attractive. I know non-Christian people listen to chant because it puts them in a peaceful “zone”.
Here is a very brief, but yet another article on the Benedictine monks in Norica (the article is old) and their CD: “Benedicta: Marian Chant.”
The monks also make a beer which I find to be better than the beer made by the Trappist monks in Spencer, MA.
The Benedictine monks of the St. Benedict Monastery in Norcia, Italy are the real deal and living their vocation!

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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