The announcement of the extraordinary display of the revered cloth was made by Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin at Wroclaw, Poland, where this year’s annual meeting of Europe’s young people, known as the “Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth”, is currently taking place.
The Taizé Community has chosen the northern Italian city of Turin as the venue of its next meeting of Europe’s young people, scheduled from December 28, 2020, to January 1, 2021.
There is no official teaching or dogma on the authenticity of the Shroud, which is housed in the Cathedral of Turin. Next year will be the fifth time that the shroud will be on public display since 2000.
The last time it was on display was from April 19 to June 24, 2015, in the cathedral of Turin. Visiting the city, June 21-22, Pope Francis prayed silently for several minutes before the Shroud without any comment. However, at the end of the Mass in the square that followed, he regarded the Shroud as an icon of Christ’s love.
“The Shroud,” he said, “attracts people to the face and tortured body of Jesus and, at the same time, urges us on toward every person who is suffering and unjustly persecuted.” “It urges us on in the same direction as Jesus’ gift of love.”
Previous popes have also visited the northern city during earlier displays of the Shroud. When Pope Saint John Paul II saw the shroud in 1998, he said the mystery surrounding the cloth forces questions about faith and science and whether it really was Jesus’ burial linen. He urged continuous study. Pope Benedict XVI described the cloth as an icon “written with the blood” of a crucified man.
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