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European Commission confirms pledge to support reconstruction of Norcia basilica

March 22, 2017

The president of the European Commission has confirmed a commitment to support the reconstruction of the basilica at Norcia, Italy, that was demolished by earthquakes last year.

Jean-Claude Juncker said that he was “deeply convinced that the reconstruction of the Basilica of St Benedict is not only a dutiful sign of solidarity on the part of the Union towards the community of Norcia and Umbria but also an emblematic action in the need to rebuild the cultural, social and historical heritage as a premise for the full recovery of economic activity.”

 
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  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Mar. 22, 2017 9:34 PM ET USA

    I have not been there but I don't think the Basilica is a cathedral church. I am happy to hear there is support in rebuilding it and really hope that the Benedictine monks will be in charge of deciding how that will be done so it is done in similarly traditional style.

  • Posted by: filioque - Mar. 22, 2017 6:20 PM ET USA

    This is very good news. I just wish Mr. Juncker could have found it in his heart to rebuild the religious heritage of Norcia as well as its cultural, social, and historical aspects. By all means restore economic activity, but let's recognize the root cause of the basilica's presence in Norcia in the first place.