Picture for Today: Exposition Reliquary Being Delivered

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Translated, with some help from Google, from the Archdiocese of Turin Shroud Exposition Facebook page:

At dawn [March 5, 2015] the reliquary that will host the Shroud during the 67-day exposition was delivered to cathedral in Turin. The Holy Shroud will be protected by a thick glass specifically designed to improve viewing. The cloth will be transferred in the days immediately preceding the opening of 19 April.

Note:  The cathedral is currently closed to the public until the opening day of the exposition.

Just Thinking About Security

Religion News Service is reporting:

imageVATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Monday (Jan. 12) rejected reports that it could be the next target of Islamist terrorists after last week’s deadly attacks in France.

The move came as Pope Francis called for a “unanimous” global response to the self-declared Islamic State as he left on his first official visit to the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Israeli state TV reported Sunday that U.S. intelligence services had warned the Vatican could be the next terrorist target, as international leaders joined an estimated 2 million people in a massive anti-terrorism rally in Paris.

But the Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, on Monday said the Holy See had received no specific threats.

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Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano and senior Italian police said there was no evidence of a particular threat at the Vatican but stressed that the tiny city state was on high alert, especially following persistent threats from the Islamic State.

Security has also been beefed up in Rome’s Jewish quarter, in front of media outlets and places of worship, and at popular tourist sites across the country.

And what is being done for the Shroud Exposition, April 19 through June 24, in Turin?  How much concern will there be among pilgrims and tourists to this major event? 

Picture from the blog Casa Isonzo, April 16, 2010.

Tours and More Tours

Trip Advisor gives the Cathedral and the Holy Shroud 4 out of 5 stars from 256 reviews.
That should increase dramatically.

SINDONE beigeCatholic Digest has published an undated, brief article about the Shroud. The intent seems to be promote a tour by that publication.

In 2015 the Shroud will be open for viewing from April 19 to June 24. Catholic Digest pilgrims will be there in June for a full-day visit in Turin to view the Shroud. The Shroud is located in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, but the Museum of the Shroud is within walking distance of the Shroud exhibition. This attraction displays artifacts related to the Shroud, including the silver casket previously used to store it.

What else is there to see in Turin?

The Mole Antonelliana is another symbol of the city, completed in 1889, and is an example of some of the most impressive architecture in Turin. Overlooking the city is the Basilica Superga, where the tombs of the royal family Savoy are located. For more information about the 2015 Shroud Exhibition, go to Shroud.com. You can view an interactive image of the Shroud, as well as find answers to frequently asked questions and check out all the latest news about the artifact.

To sign up for Catholic Digest’s The Shroud of Turin and Shrines of Italy Tour June 15-26, 2015, contact Susan Prendergast at 800-842-4842 or susan@select-intl.com.

FYI:  The Catholic Digest tour is June 15–26, 2015, prices start at $4,495.

BTW:  Shroud.com lists many tours HERE.  John and Rebecca Jackson will be leading a tour June 6 to 15. And there will be many others. Try this for starters:  Google:  Shroud of Turin Tours

MORE:  For a wealth of additional information, check on The Holy Shroud Official Website (sindone.org).  You will need to use Google or Bing translation if you don’t know Italian (this is my one remaining big criticism of this otherwise useful site).

FYI 2:  Sindone.org tweeted that there are no reservations available on June 21, the day that the Pope will be visiting the shroud.

400,000 Viewing Reservations Already

imageSindone.org (@sindone2015) tweets that they have signed up 4500 volunteer workers to assist with the Shroud Exposition and that nearly 400,000 people have booked viewing reservations.

 

Shroud Exposition YouTube Channel

imageThere is now an official Ostensione della Sindone 2015 YouTube channel. It’s in Italian. Most of what is being published by sindone.org is in Italian. They seem to be relying on Google and Bing to provide on-the-fly translation, which isn’t half bad.  Spoken word translation, as in YouTube videos, is still a couple of years off.


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Now Live: Make Reservations to See the Shroud of Turin in 2015

CLICK HERE or on the image, then select your language of choice

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So what is this picture?

The is how the Religion News Service (RNS)  reported that Pope Francis would venerate the shroud next year.  This is a screen shot of the picture and wording:


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