Shroud of Turin to be exhibited in 2010

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Vatican, Jun. 2, 2008 ( - During a June 2 audience with pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Turin, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) announced that in the Shroud of Turin will go on public display in 2010, for the first time since the Jubilee Year 2000.

The Holy Father welcomed about 7,000 pilgrims from Turin, who had attended Mass in the Vatican basilica earlier in the day, with Cardinal Severino Poletto presiding. In his address the Pope took note of the steps taken in the Turin archdiocese during the past decade to foster Eucharistic devotion, and a new pastoral initiative for the coming year will emphasize the Word of God.

In each of these pastoral initiatives, the Pope observed, the people of Turin have sought to draw closer to Christ and see his face. Now, he said the exposition of the Shroud, "will provide an appropriate moment to contemplate that mysterious face which silently speaks to the hearts of men, inviting them to recognize therein the face of God."

Breaking from his prepared text during his talk, the Pope said that he hoped to attend the exposition of the Shroud "if the Lord gives me life and health."

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