The centuries-old Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia in central Italy was destroyed early today (October 30, 2016) by an earthquake, the NY Daily News website reports.
The monastery was among dozens of buildings in town scattered throughout the mountainous region of Perugia province to collapse during the 6.6-magnitude quake that struck around 7:40 a.m. today.
There were no reports of fatalities, but officials with Italy's protection agency said several persons were injured.
Nuns in Norcia prayed as grieved monks assessed the historic church "flattened" by the quake. The historic monastery was constructed in the 14th century on the site of St. Benedict's birth in Norcia.