Turin, Italy (Thursday, 11.20.2014, Gaudium Press) 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.
As part of the celebrations for the bicentenary of the birth of St. John Bosco, founder of Salesian family, this event will attract thousands of pilgrims who will come to Turin and will enjoy worshiping the linen cloth with which the body of Jesus was wrapped after his death on the cross. The Holy Shroud was displayed to the public for the last time in 2010.
|Kept at Turin’s Cathedral, the Holy Shroud is the linen cloth, mentioned
in the Gospel, that wrapped up Jesus’ body after the
crucifixion – Photo: sindone.org
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 greatest love is God’s for men and women,” a love reflected in Jesus, “the son of God made man, who accepted death on the cross for the salvation of all, in every time and every situation.”
The image on the shroud, he said, testifies to the “suffering and death of a crucified man” and is “a sign of that love which does not end with death.”
In order to make it easier to understand the great mystery of the Shroud, especially for those who will not be able to see it personally, the official website of the Shroud has made available a multimedia reading of the Shroud, making possible to see it in all its details.
Through the site www.sindone.org, Internet users can have access to the ‘Lettura del Telo Multimediale’ where they will be able to see a high-resolution image of the Shroud, with the possibility of enlarging the picture, rotate it, and move it in different directions to see amazing details of the linen cloth. The descriptions of the prints are available in Italian, English and French.
Kept in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Turin, the Shroud is a linen sheet whose weave is a herringbone pattern made in the ancient Egypt manner before Christ. It measures 442 cm long by 113 cm high plus a 8 cm strip sewed lengthwise. On the tissue there is a faint impression of an image, the frontal and dorsal one of a man who suffered the death of crucifixion. It is a sudarium or shroud and the image distinctive characteristic is of being like one of a negative film. It has been called a “mirror of the Gospel”.
With information from sindone.org.