On Saturday, the Archbishop of Turin announced that after receiving several requests, he would display what is believed to be Jesus’s burial shroud during Holy Week amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The Shroud, Nosiglia said, “presents to us in such a true and concrete way, the grace of overcoming evil as He did, trusting in the goodness and mercy of God.”
In his March 4 announcement, Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia said that over the past few weeks, “thousands and thousands are the messages I have received from the people, elderly and adults and young people, healthy and sick, who ask me that, in the moment of great difficulty we are living, if they can pray during Holy Week in front of the Shroud, to implore Christ, who died and was Risen.”
Welcoming these requests, he authorized that from April 11 – Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday – until April 17, the Shroud will be on display for people to venerate from all over the world through television and social media.
He stressed that love is stronger than death, and that the image believed to be Jesus’s face in the Shroud “is stronger than any suffering, any disease, any contagion, any trial and discouragement.”
“Thanks to television and social media the time of contemplation makes available to everyone, in the whole world, the image of the Holy Cloth, which reminds us of the Passion and death of the Lord, but which also opens our hearts to the faith in his Resurrection,” Nosiglia said in his statement.
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