Turin, Italy, Feb 1, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis may visit the Italian city of Turin in 2015 for the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, and for an exposition of the Shroud of Turin, believed to be Christ’s burial cloth.
The news has been circulating this week in Turin, the saint’s adopted home where he founded the Salesians, focusing on his feast day, celebrated Jan. 31. St. John Bosco dedicated himself to the betterment of the youth in Turin, and founded the Salesian order to educate the young poor and to prepare them for an occupation.
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Should he visit Turin, the Pope would be expected to visit Valdocco, the Salesians’ headquarters and site of St. John Bosco’s burial; the Shroud of Turin; and perhaps to visit extended family – Pope Francis’ father was born in Portacomaro, a town an hour outside of Turin.
According to a Salesian source, the Pope would go to Turin May 24, for the feast of Mary Auxiliatrix, patron of the Salesian Sisters.
For the younger readers. Back in the day we wrote uncertain appointments using easily erasable pencil on our paper calendars.
BTW: That is the day after Pentecost or Whitsunday