Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI will visit Turin in the Spring

Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting Turin, Italy in the spring, when the Holy Shroud is put on display. The Shroud is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The Shroud is claimed to be the actual "clean linen cloth" in which Joseph of Arimathea wrapped the body of Our Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 27:59)

I grabbed this article out of Zenit.org today.

Benedict XVI Wants to See Holy Shroud. Tells Cardinal of Turin He'll Visit During Next Exposition

INTROD, Italy,- Benedict XVI says he is planning to visit Turin to see the Holy Shroud that covered Christ in the tomb when it is put on display next spring.

The Pope spoke of his plans to the archbishop of Turin, Cardinal Severino Poletto, who lunched with the Holy Father on Sunday at his vacation residence in northern Italy. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, recounted the conversation in declarations today.

"Cardinal Poletto updated the Pope on the preparations for the exposition of the Holy Shroud in the spring of next year, and the Pope confirmed his intention to visit Turin for this event, on a date still to be defined," the spokesman said.

The last time the shroud was exposed for the public was 10 years ago. The upcoming exposition is scheduled for April 10 to May 23, 2010. The shroud will be on display for the first time since its 2002 restoration, in which the patches sewn onto the cloth in 1534 by Poor Clare nuns to repair the damage caused by the 1532 fire were removed.

Without the patches, the holes burned into the cloth are visible. The backing cloth, known as the Holland Cloth, was also removed and replaced with a new, lighter-colored cloth.

The 2010 exposition will also include a new tour to inform visitors of the history and significance of the shroud, complemented with unpublished high-resolution photos.

Vacation nearing an end

Meanwhile, Benedict XVI's vacation in the Italian Alps is nearing an end. On Sunday, after praying the midday Angelus, he went for a brief walk. Father Lombardi said that for today and Tuesday, the Holy Father has nothing planned. They will be days dedicated to "prayer, study and reading," the spokesman added.

On Wednesday morning, the Pope will bid farewell to Les Combes and those who have ensured him a restful vacation, particularly the security forces and local authorities.

Around 5 p.m., he will travel by helicopter to the Turin airport, and from there, take a plane to Rome. After landing in Rome, he will travel by car to Castel Gandolfo, where he will stay for the rest of the summer.

** For those of you making a visit to New York City, I would highly recommend that you also visit Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, New Jersey. It is only fifteen minutes out of the city. It is a Benedictine Monastery dedicated to the Holy Shroud. The monastery is built on a hill - it has wonderful views of New York City. One of the monks in residence is Fr. Louis Marie Navaratne O.S.B. Fr. Louis is not only a wonderful monk, he is a poet and a renowned expert on the Holy Shroud. He occasionally offers talks on the subject.

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