Pope to bow before Turin Shroud on SundayBreaking News
The Pontiff, 83, beset in recent months by the paedophile priest scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church across the world, is likely to attract hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Turin for a glimpse of both him and the cloth said to bear an image of Christ's body and face.
The last papal viewing of the bloodstained cloth was by Benedict's popular predecessor Pope John Paul II in 2000.
The Polish pope encouraged scientists to continue their analyses, "to reach adequate answers to the questions connected to this Shroud" while respecting the "sensitivity of the faithful."
Some two million people are expected to view one of the most revered objects in Christendom - and among the most disputed - over six weeks that began on April 10 in this northern Italian city.
comments powered by Disqus
- History Relevance Campaign meets at the Smithsonian
- Bernard Lewis Turns 100
- David Lowenthal, author of "The Past Is a Foreign Country,” says it’s folly to scratch the names of slaveholders off buildings
- Jean Edward Smith, biographer of FDR and Ike, has a new biography coming out … of George W. Bush
- Flora Fraser, biographer of George and Martha Washington, wins $50,000 George Washington Prize