Shroud of Turin on display; city readies for visit by pope, pilgrims

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April 20, 2015

Shroud of Turin displayed at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy

The Shroud of Turin is displayed during a preview for journalists at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, April 18. A public exposition of the shroud, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus, runs from April 19 through June 24, 2015. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

TURIN, Italy (CNS) — A thin white cloth draped over the glass-covered Shroud of Turin was pulled down and billowed to the floor, marking the official opening of the venerated icon’s exposition to the public.

The unveiling came during a Mass held in the city’s cathedral of St. John the Baptist April 19 in the presence of a small group of dignitaries, religious and lay faithful.

“We have put ourselves in the wake of generations of pilgrims” who come to contemplate the shroud, and “it will do us good to feel like we are drops in the river … of a humanity in need of God, of his affectionate mercy,” Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin, papal custodian of the shroud, said in his homily.

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