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Lighting and Helicopters- Papal Resignation

Lighting and Helicopters- Papal Resignation

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Published by Victor Val Mas
Creative writing on the Papal Resignation.
Creative writing on the Papal Resignation.

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Published by: Victor Val Mas on Apr 21, 2013
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Victor Val Mas
Lighting and Helicopters
 On February 28, a violent storm approaches theeternal city. Immense gray cumulus cloudsslowly start to dominate the sky. Rome darkensas the late evening sunlight is blocked by themenacing clouds.In the distance, behind the cupola of St Petersbasilica, the skyline becomes obscured as rain
can be seen pouring over the Castelli, Rome’s
surrounding hills. At 136 meters in height,
Michelangelo’s cupola towers over the nearby
buildings, reaching the sky. The surroundingserupt with thunder and lightning. Bolts of electricity light up the sky and thunder jostles the
earth. Lightning strikes the cupola of St. Peter’s
basilica, the epicenter of Christianity, and thepope resigns.
It’s been 598 years since
the resignation of Gregory XII, and this time Benedict XVI might have set aprecedent that will be hard to ignore. Benedict XVI became the oldest cardinal to have been elected popesince Clement XII in 1730. Claiming old age Pope Benedict decided to step down just 8 years after starting his mandate.In one of the biggest media events of the year, the Pope boarded a helicopter to leave the Vatican and
retire to the Pope’s summer residence, leaving behind the burden of having one of the world’s most
powerf 
ul positions. The perfectly choreographed takeoff and meticulously planned flight path was Rome’sbiggest advertisement of the year. The papal helicopter, lent by the Italian police, hovered over Rome’s
most emblematic buildings, zigzagged over the Tiber and skimmed the Coliseum. The pope waved andhis helicopter rose into the sky.During his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI had hoped to avoid controversy, yet he found himself having toconfront sex abuse scandals, complots from within and corruption in the Vatican bank. Pope Benedict first

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