Last update: 2013/03/28



Pope to do TV intro for Holy Shroud

'Message of hope' ahead of Saturday's second appearance

(ANSA) - Turin, March 27 - Pope Francis will appear on TV to introduce the econd-ever appearance of the Holy Shroud of Turin on Italian airwaves Saturday. "It will be a message of intense spiritual scope, charged with positivity, which will help (people) never to lose hope," said Turin Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia in announcing Wednesday the pope's intro for the famous relic bearing the imprint of a Christ-lke body. The shroud, revered as the winding sheet used to cover Christ's body after the crucifixion but carbon-dated to the Middle Ages, will be shown on state broadcaster RAI's first channel from 17:10 to 18:40 Saturday, the day before the Easter feast commemorating the resurrection. Catholic scientific experts have disputed the carbon dating indicating the shroud is a medieval forgery and said they have found traces of pollen from the Holy Land. The Catholic Church has neither formally endorsed nor rejected the shroud, which bears an apparently burned-on image of a dead man resembling classic depictions of Christ.

Pope Authorizes Television Exhibition of Shroud on March 30, 2013

It is likely that footage from this exposition will be picked up and shown by other television broadcast networks around the world and on the internet. I will do my best to keep you updated as more details become available. In the interim, you can also check our Facebook page, where I can quickly post any news that may come in while I am traveling and lecturing.

March 9, 2013 Update: For more information on the unprecedented occasion of this first "technological" exhibition of the Shroud, check out the news page (in English) of the Collegamento pro Sindone website by Emanuela Marinelli. The page includes more details on Pope Benedict's decision to display the Shroud and a message from Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, the current Archbishop of Turin. As always, our deepest thanks to Emanuela for making this information available so quickly. Grazie!

Here is a link to a more recent and detailed article in the online version of the Italian publication Gazzetta del Sud (this version is in English) about the upcoming "technological exposition" of the Shroud:

March 26, 2013 Update: Included in this update is a schedule of the upcoming television exposition of the Shroud by RAI UNO along with some new links to additional information about the event. First is a link to Emanuela Marinelli's Collegamento pro Sindone website News Page (in English) that includes detailed descriptions of the scheduled programs (and much more). Next is a video from the Rome Reports TV News Agency (in English) describing the event and providing some additional details. According to their article, 300 people will be in attendance during the live broadcast of the Shroud. Finally is a link to the RAI UNO streaming video page where they will broadcast the Shroud live online (in Italian). Here is the schedule:

  • Friday, March 29 - 2:10 p.m. Italian time (1.10 p.m. GMT) - RAI Uno - "A sua immagine", Good Friday special: L'uomo della Sindone (The Man of the Shroud)
  • Friday, March 29 - 8:30 p.m. Italian time (7:30 p.m. GMT) - RAI Uno - "Porta a Porta", Good Friday special: Sindone, mistero svelato? (The Shroud, mystery revealed?)
  • Saturday, March 30 - 11:10 a.m Italian time (10:10 a.m. GMT) - RAI Uno - "A sua immagine", Shroud Special: L'attesa dell'Ostensione (Waiting for the Exhibition)
  • Saturday, March 30 - 5:15 p.m. Italian time (4:15 p.m. GMT) - RAI Uno - "A sua immagine" - Sindone: i segni della Passione (Shroud: The Signs of the Passion)
7, 2013: It was announced this morning that Pope Francis will introduce the Shroud for the television exposition. Here ia a link to an ANSA news article (in English) with the details.

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