Turin: Shrouded in mystery, but opening to public

Shroud of Turin 2013

The Shroud of Turin has been scheduled for a showing and pilgrims from the Pope down will visit. It is perhaps the most intriguing venerated object in Christendom. Is it the burial cloth of Christ? The masterpiece of an unknown master? A fraud?

- Catholic News Service

The Archdiocese of Turin, custodian of the Shroud of Turin, has announced that the shroud, venerated by many as the burial cloth of Christ, will be on public display April 19-June 24, 2015. 

Visitors will be able to make reservations to see the shroud. The information will be posted on www.sindone.org.

The Archdiocese said the 67-day display will be the longest period of time that the four-metre by one-metre linen cloth has ever been available for public viewing; providing a window of more than two months not only will allow more faithful to see it, but also will make it easier for Pope Francis to schedule the visit he has said he wants to make.

At the same time, the Turin announcement said, the public display will coincide with several events in Turin for young Catholics arriving to mark the 200th anniversary in 2015 of the birth of St John Bosco, the founder of the Salesians.

In early March, the archdiocese also announced that it had chosen a theme for the 2015 display: 'The greatest love.'

Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin said the image on the shroud testifies to the 'suffering and death of a crucified man' and is 'a sign of that love which does not end with death.'

Read full article: Archdiocese announces dates for 2015 public display of Shroud of Turin (CNS)

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The Shroud of Turin, pseudoscience, and journalism (The Washington Post)

What is the Turin Shroud? (The Telegraph)

Traces of Aramaic on Shroud of Turin (CNS)

The Holy Shroud (of Turin) (The Catholic Encyclopedia)

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All about relics, 2010 (Vatican Radio)

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Pope Francis: Turin Shroud 'conveys a great peace' (The Telegraph)

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