Turin Shroud goes back on dis­play for faith­ful

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Turin’s arch­bishop says in­ter­est in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pil­grims who al­ready saw the burial cloth some be­lieve cov­ered Je­sus are re­turn­ing to see the linen again af­ter it went back on dis­play start­ing Sun­day.

The 4.3-me­ter-long (14-foot) cloth will be dis­played April 19-June 24. Pope Fran­cis will view it on June 21 on an overnight trip to the Turin area, which will in­clude pri­vate time with rel­a­tives.

Public view­ings of the were last held in 2010.

“Many pil­grims who had al­ready seen the shroud in past show­ings come back, even though some saw it just five years ago,” Arch­bishop Ce­sare Nosiglia said on Satur­day.

“That’s not a long time. And yet many of the bookings we have are peo­ple who have al­ready seen the shroud. That means there is a fun­da­men­tal

cloth need in peo­ple’s hearts to re­new this in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence that they had the first time they saw it,” the prelate told re­porters.

Reser­va­tions are manda­tory but free of charge to see the shroud, dis­played in a cli­mate­con­trolled case, in Turin’s cathe­dral. Turin’s mayor said re­cently that more that 1 mil­lion peo­ple had made reser­va­tions. In 2010, some 2.5 mil­lion peo­ple came, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers of the dis­play.

The pope’s pre­de­ces­sor, Bene­dict XVI, has de­scribed the cloth as an icon “writ­ten with the blood” of a cru­ci­fied man. Bene­dict said there was “full cor­re­spon­dence with what the Gospels tell us of Je­sus.”

When Pope John Paul II saw the shroud in 1998, he said the mys­tery forces ques­tions about faith and sciences and whether it re­ally was Je­sus’ burial linen. He urged con­tin­u­ous study.

Skep­tics say the linen bear­ing the fig­ure of a cru­ci­fied man is a me­dieval forgery.

Nosiglia said peo­ple of all faiths will come to see the shroud, not just Chris­tians. “Even non-believ­ers will come. It’s an oc­ca­sion that brings ev- ery­body to­gether and aims to give a pre­cise re­sponse to the vi­o­lence in this world. It tells us that the way to build a fairer world is not vi­o­lence, but love,” he said.

AP

A de­tail of the Holy Shroud, the 4.3-me­ter-long linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Je­sus Christ, is seen as it goes on dis­play dur­ing a pre­view for the press at the Cathe­dral of Turin, Italy on Satur­day, April 18.

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