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A Memorable Photograph Worth a Thousand Words

June 21, 2015 36 comments
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Pope Francis Visits the Shroud of Turin

June 21, 2015 Comments off
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The Pope and the Tramps

June 8, 2015 9 comments

imageTom Kingston, from Rome, writes in The Times (of London) under the headline, Pope sends 120 tramps to see Turin shroud (behind a pay wall):

The Pope has cleaned up Rome’s tramps with free showers and haircuts, given them a taste of culture with a guided tour of the Sistine chapel. Now he is offering to take 120 of them to the north of the country for a sneak preview of the Turin shroud.

In keeping with his aim of providing “a poor Church for the poor”, he has paid for a first coachload of vagrants to set off from Rome to see the cloth that many Roman Catholics believe covered Christ’s corpse.

If you want a Shroud of Turin story to resonate around the world, this is it. Not lasers or carbon dating or Rube Goldberg-like methods of creating the image. 

The current exposition has been particularly interesting. The focus is not science. It’s not history. It’s not even particularly religious, either. Church authorities have focused almost completely on the people who come to see, not what they come to see. There was Muslim delegation, a renowned Atheists, countless youth groups from all over Italy and elsewhere, nuns from nunneries in far away places, plane loads of church congregants from as far away as the Philippine Islands. Particularly special are the special needs and very ill pilgrims. For them special viewing times, accommodations and guest-facilities that have been created.

The pope is coming. This is special, of course. Shroud enthusiasts – and they are not all Catholic, something most journalists don’t understand – will listen carefully to what he says about the shroud for clues about his take on it. But that isn’t his style, is it?  What will be remembered from this exposition is what he has already said by his actions. He sent a delegation of homeless pilgrims that The Stuffy Times calls tramps and vagrants. 

Maybe something was lost in translation from British to English.

See the Shroud Encounter Facebook  page and Homeless From Rome Visit Shroud of Turin and

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Homeless From Rome Visit Shroud of Turin

June 3, 2015 9 comments

Let’s hope CBS News doesn’t object to my reposting the entire story, Pope pays for homeless to see Shroud of Turin by Anna Matranga. There has never been a shroud exposition like this one.


imageROME — A bus was carrying 42 homeless people Wednesday from Rome to see the Shroud of Turin, regarded by many to be the sacred burial cloth of Jesus Christ, and Pope Francis was picking up the tab.

The group included not just Catholics but also Orthodox Christians and Muslims. What they have in common is that they all frequent a soup kitchen run by the Santa Lucia parish, near the Vatican.

Don Pablo Castiglia, deputy parish priest, was traveling with the group, along with seven volunteers. He said after the parish had organized the trip, the pope’s almoner, Bishop Konrad Krajewski, announced that Francis wanted to contribute money to cover the expenses.

Krajewski used donations given to the pope for his personal charities to help fund the trip.

"There’s an atmosphere of great interest" among the travelers, said Castiglia, adding that the group was being prepared during the bus trip with a video explaining the shroud.

Krajewski was there Wednesday morning when the homeless boarded the bus to Turin. According to Castiglia, Krajewski gave each person a small sum of pocket money, calling it a "caress" from Pope Francis.

The group was to spend Wednesday night in Catholic shelters in Turin, and then visit the shroud Thursday morning.

Next week a second group, about 70 poor and homeless, was to make the same journey. Krajewski told an Italian newspaper that the two groups "will prepare the way for the pope’s visit. His poor will arrive before him."

Pope Francis is to venerate the shrine on June 21.

Francis’ concern for and outreach to the poor has been a hallmark of his papacy.

He has had showers and barber facilities builtunder the colonnade of St. Peter’s Basilica for the exclusive use of the homeless.

For several years in a row he has chosen to celebrate his own birthday with Italy’s impoverished. Homeless people have had dinner in the Vatican museum and sat at the best seats in the house at a Vatican concert.

One homeless man has even been buried in a cemetery inside the Vatican under Francis’ tenure, which for centuries had been a final resting place only for royalty and luminaries.

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Details of Pope Francis’ Two Day Visit to Turin

March 30, 2015 Comments off

imageMore information about the pope’s planned two day visit were announced by Turin’s Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia on March 26th. Here, the Catholic News Agency details them:

After his arrival, Francis will make his way to the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, where he will venerate the shroud and pause for a short prayer at the tomb of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, another patron of the youth, who is buried in the cathedral.

In addition to the meeting with the Pope’s relatives [on the second day], other highlights of his trip include Mass, a meeting with prisoners – some of whom are immigrants or homeless, a visit with sick disabled persons.

Francis will also hold an encounter with the area’s youth, and will have lunch with some of them on the 21st, during which he will respond to questions they ask ahead of time.

The whole story from CNA: CLICK HERE

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Update on the Pope’s Planned Visit to Turin in 2015

November 5, 2014 1 comment

imageThe Papa Francesco News App from the ANSA wire service, now available in Italiano English Español and Português, is quoting the pope speaking this morning to a delegation from Turin:

I’m pleased to announce that, God willing, I will go on a pilgrimage to Turin on June 21 to venerate the Holy Shroud and honour Saint John Bosco on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Now available for iPhone, iPad, Kindle and Android phones and tablets.

There is also a Shroud Exposition app in the works. It is expected by March.

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