New Photo Caption Contest: Lightning Strikes Vatican Hours After Pope Resigns

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This extraordinary photo of lightning striking St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican was taken just hours after Pope Benedict announced that he will step down as leader of the Catholic Church on February 28.  Usually a Pope’s reign ends upon his death, thus an early resignation has not happened for 600 years.

So what does the lightning strike mean?

The UK Daily Mail asked in their photo caption if this strike was a “Signal From Above?  Which leads me to ask, if so, what kind of signal?

Is the Almighty pleased that Pope Benedict had the courage to resign, or not so pleased?

Here is your chance to weigh in on this important question by submitting captions that are both respectful and appropriate, and I mean it!

(My husband is Catholic, works for an international Catholic ministry and his boss just recently met with the Pope, so this is BIG news around our dinner table.)

R- E- S- P- E- C- T,  oh what it means to me!   Got it?

Besides, the subject of this contest provides a nice break from beating up on you know who. Of course the same rules apply, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.”

Now,  for any newcomers (and old timers who need a refresher) here again are winners from our last contest as examples of those who played by the rules and were rewarded with honor and glory.

Good luck and may the (lightning) force be with you!