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Shroud of Turin to Be Put on Display for Holy Saturday

The relic is popular among Catholics worldwide as it has been venerated for centuries as Christ’s burial cloth

On Holy Saturday this year, the Shroud of Turin will be exhibited for veneration on social media and other online platforms. The announcement was made by the Archbishop of Turin, Italy on March 3.

“The Shroud is a reality that concerns everyone. The Shroud image that Turin has preserved for almost five centuries testifies to pain and death, but also to resurrection and eternal life,” said Cesare Nosiglia, Archbishop of Turin.

The Shroud of Turin, which bears the image of a crucified man, is popular among Catholics worldwide as it has been venerated for centuries as Christ’s burial cloth. (Read: When Was Jesus Really Baptized?)

Holy Saturday 2021

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Pope Francis lights a candle from the paschal candle at the start of the Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on April 11, 2020. (Photo from CNS photo/Remo Casilli/Reuters/ Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation)

On April 3, Holy Saturday, Nosiglia will preside over a liturgy which will be live-streamed from the chapel of the Turin cathedral. The Shroud of Turin, which is kept in a climate-controlled vault inside the cathedral, will be put on display on the same day.

This will be the second time that the Shroud of Turin is exposed over the internet. Last year, while Italy was put under strict lockdown restrictions, the shroud was displayed online on Holy Saturday as well.

For this year, however, Nosiglia said the veneration will be different. “It is not the simple repetition of the one celebrated in 2020,” he said. (Read: Blessed Sacrament Found Intact As Fire Razes Santo Niño Church in Manila)

It comes as last year, people were still unfamiliar with the pandemic. But now, we are already “aware of the difficulties to be faced and the commitments that we can take,” explained Nosiglia.

Shroud of Turin

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Faithful pray in front of the exposition of the Shroud of Turin in the Cathedral of Turin, Italy, March 30, 2013. (Photo from CNS photo/Di Marco, EPA/Catholic Philly)

Since the year 2000, the Shroud of Turin has only been put on public display four times. (Read: What’s the Deal About Sacred Relics?)

On June 21, 2015 (the last time that the shroud was displayed in public), Pope Francis prayed before the relic during his visit to Turin. Afterward, he described the shroud as an icon of Christ’s love.

“The Shroud 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,” the Pope said.

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