The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Shroud of Turin

One of my disappointments this year is not being able to travel to Turin, Italy to view the Shroud of Turin, an ancient artifact that many (including me) believe to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The current exposition of the Shroud began on April 10 and will conclude this Sunday, May 23, when Pope Benedict XVI will venerate the Shroud and then celebrate Mass in the Piazza San Carlo where he will be joined by what is expected to be a huge crowd. The Archdiocese of Turin expects nearly 2 million pilgrims to have viewed the Shroud during the exposition.

If you are interested in learning more about the Shroud of Turin, visit the official website: The Holy Shroud. I've included a photo (below) of a full-length negative of the Shroud. Click on the image for a large photo.

...and here are links to some of the more interesting websites devoted to the Shroud:

Shroud of Turin Story.

The Shroud of Turin Website (by Barry Schwortz, an orthodox Jew who now believes in the Shroud's authenticity.)

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