The Turin Shroud has been on public display in its home city of Turin in Italy since mid-April, and now the Pope has celebrated mass in the cathedral.
Many beleive it is the cloth in which Jesus was buried, but the Catholic church has never actually said anything one way or the other on the shroud’s authenticity, and on Sunday Benedict XVI said it reminded people of Christ’s suffering.
Some two million people are expected in the northern Italian city during the six weeks the shroud is on view. It is the first showing in a decade, and the first since a painstaking restoration in 2002.
Pilgrims filled the Piazza San Carlo with song for the Pope`s visit. He was also accompanied by members of the former royal Savoy family, who owned the shroud until donating it to the Vatican in 1983.