WATCH: Landslide Stops Just Short of Historic Church: 'Hand of God'


A 420-year-old church in Italy escaped destruction last week when a massive landslide fell just short of the sacred structure.

The Daily Mail shared video of the bell tower of the Santuario di Gallivaggio church in Valle Spluga, near the Italian-Swiss border being engulfed in dust after 7,500 cubic meters of rock and soil fell May 29.

The landslide came after almost 2.5 inches of rain fell within a 24-hour period.

Miraculously, no one was killed or injured by the massive wall of rock.

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“As a believer I say that the provident hand of God accompanied this event, which could have ended tragically,” Parish priest Don Andrea Caelli told Avvenire.

Construction of the church began in 1598.

It was built on the site where two young girls claimed they saw the Virgin Mary in 1492.

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The survival of the church calls to mind a famous house of worship, named for the Apostle Paul, that was miraculously spared from ruin during World War II.

The Germans pounded London with aerial bombing raids for more than 100 nights in 1940, laying waste to significant portions of the famous city.

In the midst of what became known as the Second Great Fire of London, caused by the bombing, St. Paul’s Cathedral (built in 1675) stood tall above the smoke and flames.

Bombs rained down on the massive structure during the night of Dec. 29, 1940, the BBC reported.

One incendiary bomb lodged in the roof, and as it burned the iron in the church’s iconic dome began to melt.

Suddenly, the bomb dislodged and fell to the cathedral’s floor, where firefighters were able to put it out.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral was saved.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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