The the monastery and Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia, birthplace of the great saint, was all but destroyed in the 2016 earthquake. The building is a ruin, but, as one monk writes, “We have not abandoned the town but, by making virtue of necessity and living a more truly monastic life in the peace and quiet of our mountainside, we can be better custodians of the birthplace of St Benedict . . .”
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