The Shroud of Turin, revered Jesus Christ's burial cloth, will go on display in Turin in 2010, Pope Benedict XVI said today. "Another solemn exhibition of the shroud" will take place in spring 2010, the pope said during an audiencewith pilgrims from Turin.
The display will be "a propitious occasion to contemplate this mysterious visage that speaks silently to men's hearts, inviting them to recognise the face of God," Benedict said.The piece of linen 4m long and 1m wide, bearing what many believe to be the imprint of Christ's face around the time of his resurrection, was discovered in the mid-14th century in a church in northeastern France. The relic has been a source ofconstant controversy.Historians and scientists using carbon dating techniques say the cloth was fabricated between 1260 and 1390. The Shroud of Turin was last exhibited in 2000 when then Pope John Paul II wanted the faithful attending that year's World Youth Day, in Rome, to have a chance to view it.
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